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Contrasting Willy Loman And Charley Arthur Miller’s Death Of A

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Contrasting Willy Loman and Charley Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a tragedy whose theme is the tarnishing of the American dream. Death of a Salesman gives different insights and different meanings to the American dream of success and shows what can happen when the dream is false, distorted or unfulfilled. In the following paragraphs, two of the play's characters will be contrasted. One of these characters is Willy Loman whose American dream was serious trouble for him and his family because of his fervent pursuit of success wealth and status. On the other hand there is Charley a very successful businessman, Charley symbolizes the reality that Willy never acknowledges.Willie Loman, a disgruntled traveling salesman whose wife's name is Linda and he also has two sons, Happy and Biff Loman. Nobody believes more fervently in the American dream than Willy, yet the dream has somehow eluded him. Now he's sixty years old, a beating traveling salesman, with nothing to show for a lifetime of hard work but a small house.Willy's dream is to become like Dave Singleman, who was very popular with his clients and able to do business by just making phone calls. Ironically Willy believed that his funeral would be as big as Dave Singleman's because when he Died, customers from all over the region went to the funeral. Willy believe that by being well liked everybody would open the doors to him and therefore be successful. Not only does he believe but also illusionates being successful. He also lies to himself, he says of himself that he's well like and that every customer he visits likes him. He also lies about his salary to himself and to his boss. But the best example of dishonesty is when Biff finds Willy in a hotel room with a young women. Willy did this to prove that he was well like, and then short after Biff seeing this, Biff calls Willy a liar and a fake.Furthermore, Willy illusionates about his two sons. He thinks that Happy will be a successful manager, but in reality he's just like his father a complete failure who also daydreams about success. Than there is Biff, Willy's older son who was all-star football player in High...

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