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In Arthur Millers play a Death of a Salesman the main character Willy Loman lives in a dream world of his own This world is often made of memories but Willy is lost in his own thoughts when he is not remembering He listens to others only when he wants to One way or another he tries to silence whoever is talking to him However the real world and the people in it do not readily conform to Willys dream world thus causing him to very often be in a state of irritable vulnerability Willy was the youngest male in his family and was left behind by his father and his older brother both of whom were stronger people then he was Willy grew up in a household like the one he has now it is male dominated and dominantly male There also seems to have been no love in Willys upbringing which would explain why he is so uncertain about how to love This state of irritable vulnerability and poor upbringing causes Willy to be both a victimizer and a victim Willy victimizes his whole family including himself throughout the play Willy victimizes everyone in his family one time or another but he also victimizes his two sons together Willy accomplishes this by lying to the boys about how great of a salesman he is and by allowing the boys to steal without suffering the consequences Willy lies to the boys throughout the whole play He tells them he is a great salesman one of the greatest To make these lies more believable Willy makes up big stories to tell to them I met the mayor of Providence today He was sitting in the hotel lobby He said Morning and I said You got a fine city here Mayor And then he had coffee with me Willy even gets caught up in lie he imagines making a grand entrance with his boys Oh
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