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In the novel Death of a Salesman we become familiar with a rather dysfunctional family known as the Lomans The head of this household and perhaps the main reason for the mishaps of this family is Willy Loman Willy experiences very difficult times throughout the book and seems to bring the rest of his family down with him Throughout this book the reader begins to notice the gradual downfall of Willy and how this affects the rest of his family Willy Lowman is a character that most anyone can identify with He has two sides to his life on one side he creates an image of being successful well liked and bold on the other side he feels old unsuccessful defeated and disliked He maintains the successful image to comfort his wife and friends This veil of success becomes thinner and thinner until he lingers between fantasy and reality of the cruel world often changing back and forth in the course of a conversation The core of Willys slow painful demise into nothingness is based upon his beliefs Willy thinks that success is not what you know but who you know and how well you are liked These beliefs he instills in his sons who find themselves adrift and meaningless just like their father In addition Willy sees the world changing and his own inability to change with it will seal his fate He misses the open land and the smell of flowers in the summer the pollution and high rise apartments add to Willys dismal existence An example of Willys shift from fantasy to reality is during his conversation with his wife about the Chevy He thinks the car is fantastic the best ever built Later he and his wife discuss some bills that were paid and when told about the bill to get the Chevys carburetor fixed he says that they ought to prohibit the manufacture of the car Willie Lowman
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