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ThesisIn Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman the character of Benis used as a catalyst to fuel the development of the main character WillyThe character of Ben in Arthur Millers Death Of A Salesmanfunctions as a catalyst to fuel the development of his main character Willy Miller uses Ben as an idealistic figure for Willy Ben is the figure that Willystrives to be like throughout the story By exploring Bens character wedevelop a better understanding of Willys character We learn Willyspersonality and character by looking at Bens actions and beliefs Benspersonal morals become Willys rules of life Throughout the story Willystrives to be like his brother Bens character allows us understand theimportance of living ones life by their own rules His character helps us tounderstand that we must play with the hand we are dealt Life is too shortto be playing someone elses hand The contrast between Ben and Willyscharacters allows the reader to recognize the importance of letting go ofthe past and not dwelling on mistakes made or regrets Willy is so eat upwith his brothers success and the idea of living his brothers life that heloses control over his own life and realityBen appears but three times throughout the story first in aflashback second in a quasi-flashback where Willy has inserted him into ascenario that actually happened and finally in a complete hallucinationThrough a comparison and understanding of each of these occurrences weare able to gain vast knowledge of who Willy Loman actually is Theseflashbacks and hallucinations show how Bens character is used as a device toallow us to understand what is actually going on inside Willy Lomans headThe first time Ben appears is in a flashback within Willys mind Thisflashback is used as an interruption of Willys feelings of inadequacy abouthis present situation Willy has returned home from a selling trip unable toconcentrate and unable to keep his mind in the present Ben appears as ascapegoat for Willy from his situation a
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