Now an older man, Willy can no longer drive competently, pay his bills, or sell anything. Because the man who makes an appear- Rticc in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the in,in who gets ahead.
In his world of delusion, Willy is a hugely successful salesman.
The Common Man Willy is also different from his tragic predecessors because he isn't royalty of any kind. Before Biff has come to know of his fa- ther's guilt he has a high opinion of his father and feels that his father is influential enough to make the Mathematics teacher change his examination-result and declare him successful.
Speaking of this death, let's talk about the title of the play. Despite his efforts, it becomes clear that Willy Loman is not popular, well-liked, or even good at his job.
Thus even though it takes several years, it is at last this moral lapse that kills Willy Loman. Despite Willy's evident failure to meet his poorly chosen life goals, he clings to a fierce belief in the American Dream and the promise that anyone attractive and well-liked can make it big.
A salesman for all of his career, Willy thinks the goal of life is to be well-liked and gain material success.
He has a lot of potential, but he also has a whopping case of self-deception paired with misguided life goals. In the end, Willy's delusions lead him to take his own life. Well, dear Shmoopsters, they share a little thing the Greeks liked to call hamartia.
Thirdly, we find him in a situation in which he, in order to realize his end, viz. But how is slouchy old Willy Loman in any way similar to the heroes of Greek tragedy?