This furthermore leads to the downfall of Willy and his family, proving that Willy Loman is a tragic hero. To conclude, “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller satisfies the criteria for a tragic play because Willy’s pride is a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall. Ultimately, Willy gains enlightenment of his false perception of life and realizes how he inhibits the success of his family. This epiphany leads him to sacrifice himself for the well-being of his family. During his lifetime, Willy’s pride caused him to have an overinflated ego, a bizarre idealistic view on life, and a false value system.
Miller depicts John Proctor as a tragic hero; a hero ruined by his unbridled lust. Nevertheless, Proctor redeems himself by offering his own reputation in exchange for the denouncement of Abigail's unsavory and vengeful motivation. He refuses to make false confessions and accuse others of witchcraft, choosing instead to take his guilt to the grave. Proctor pays for his adultery by choosing to die rather than live a life speared with shame. Proctor's tragic flaw undermines him, resulting in his fall from high esteem to a dishonorable death.
Chillingworth becomes so evil and cruel in his treatment of Arthur that it would have been better for the Reverend to die. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth are all sinners, but they each handle their guilt in different ways. Hester tries to earn forgiveness by acts of service. Dimmesdale allows his guilt to build up to the point that it kills him. Chillingworth becomes obsessed with getting revenge.
It was, and still is in several religions, taken very seriously and considered to be the worst sin one can commit. As stated in the Christian Bible, "But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself" (Proverbs 6:32). This directly relates to Dimmesdale, who goes through great suffering due to his guilt. He lacked judgement by committing adultery without thinking about what his role is in the community; a well-regarded member of the ministry. He destroyed himself by being overwhelmed with extreme guilt and putting himself through rigorous self-punishment which eventually is the death of him.
Arthur Dimmesdale, a character of high reputation, overwhelmed by guilt, torn apart by his own wrongdoing, makes his entrance into history as the tragic hero whose life becomes a montage of pain and agony because of his mistakes. The themes leading to Dimmesdale’s becoming a tragic hero are his guilt from his sin, and his reluctance to tarnish his reputation in the town. Guilt plays a huge role in defining Dimmesdale as a tragic hero. Dimmesdale has understood that by not revealing his sin, he has doomed himself. This also connects with the constant struggle with Chillingworth.
The leech, Chillingworth, is partly responsible for Dimmesdale’s agony and he himself suffers from his sinful leech-like actions of sucking another man's life force away. Pearl is born of sin and is a reminder of sin to her mother. She is airy and wild while the sin still traps her, but after Dimmesdale confesses and frees her from the sin, she represents hope because she can lead a normal life. While sin means something different to everyone, belief that one has sinned often has emotional consequences that are difficult to get past. Although our own experiences may not be as dramatic as those of the characters in The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne reminds us that sin and its consequences are significant in shaping our lives and ourselves.
In conclusion one finds that the exposed sin of Hester caused extreme social isolation, where only time and effort can get her assimilated back into society. The hidden sin in Roger Chillingworth’s life caused him to go mad, and become satanic. Arthur Dimmesdale’s hidden sin ended up killing him. When analyzing the novel one finds a vast difference between exposed sin, and hidden sin. This difference is evident in the fate of these three characters.
Chillingsworth even went so far as t... ... middle of paper ... ...that he did not realize the poor man had suffered too much already, that he still continued to psychologically attack him, shows that rather than justice, he is really getting the opposite, injustice. Kicking someone when they are down as he is doing cannot be just, but unjust and evil. Thus, Roger Chillingworth searched for justice, but did not find it. He did everything he could to torment Arthur Dimmesdale but in doing so became, as he called himself, a fiend. He made himself the enemy of Dimmesdale and was hated by him.
John Proctor’s tragic flaw is that he is impulsive. Proctor regrets what he had done with Abigail Williams and cannot forgive himself of his sins. This tragic flaw follows John Proctor throughout the entire play. Abigail Williams is vastly jealousy to Goody Proctor because of her husband John. This is shown in act two when Abigail stabs herself with a needle to prove that Goody Proctor sent her spirit upon her and to place an accusation on Goody Proctor of witchery.
He cannot take the guilt which is gnawing at him inside and he is desperate to seek release. However, the shriek was only a figment of his imaginat... ... middle of paper ... .... The community sees Dimmesdale as a saint, while Hawthorne portrays him as a morally weak person who cannot confess his sin. Everyone sees Chillingworth as a betrayed husband who is betrayed by his wife. However, Hawthorne shows him to be an evil-minded person who is so consumed with vengeance and hatred that he cannot live when his victim dies.