Willy Loman 2 Essay

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Willy Loman is the unsuccessful, imaginative salesman which the play is focused on. He is very child-like and this can be noticed in his lack of reality. He believes he is the best salesman ever and thinks that everybody likes him. Children often have these ideals. They often think they are the center of the universe and haven't had any experiences in their short lives that would bring them back to Earth. Willy has chosen to selectively ignore reality and live in his own world. Willy isn't a good salesman and isn't well liked. He is a failure and refuses to accept that fact, even with the pleadings of his favorite son. Willy is also and stubborn and competitive man. He has always been competitive with Charley, his friend and has tried to exceed him in everything. Charley is successful and has a son who also has become successful. This is the ecact opposite of Willy. Charley offers Willy a job when Willy gets fired. However, Willy refuses because he is so stubborn. Charley is always nice to him and has given him money so that Willy can pretend he is getting a paycheck. Charley also gives him advice that would help him become successful, but he doesn't take it because that would mean conceding that Charley is successful and he isn't. Another example of his stubborness is the fact that he refuses to accept the fact that his philosophy of business (becoming successful by appearance and being well-like) doesn't work. He grew up being told those ideas but times have changed. Society has become more capitalistic. Willy refuses to adapt and cannot accept a business system based on capitalism. He does realize to a limited extent that he doesn't really have a place in society. He is part of a dying generation. Thus, his stubbornness and refusal to accept reality are major parts of his character and eventually lead to his...

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