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Death of a Salesman -Character Sketches In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller the main character Willy Loman is a struggling salesman Toward the end of the play Willy commits suicide by crashing his car Willy Loman is a complex character who confuses illusion with reality In a way Willy has two personalities in this play The one we see in the present action is a tired man in his sixties The other Willy is the one we see in flashbacks He is young and confident In Act Two Scene Fourteen Willys son Biff tells him that he loves him Willy can tell that Biff is not just saying this out of pity because Biff is sobbing In a flashback Willy speaks to his dead brother Ben Ben keeps saying Time William Time reminding him that suicide is closing in Ben also tells Willy that he should come to the jungle In this scene the jungle represents opportunities for success The reason that Ben tells Willy to come to the jungle is that when in the jungle Willy can get the diamonds The diamonds represent the insurance money that the family will get from Willys accident Therefore Ben is saying that the only way Willy can get twenty thousand dollars in insurance money is to kill himself or symbolically Ben is saying that the only way to get the diamonds is to enter the jungle Willy also talks to Ben how great Biff would do with all of that money Willy thinks one more time about Biff and how he was a great football player This shows that Willy still thinks of Biff as a football hero which is one of the reasons Willy thinks Biff is so magnificent As Willy is finishing up his thoughts his wife Linda is calling him to come up to bed
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