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In Arthur Millers Play Death of a Salesman the dreams of the major characters are the central focus of the plot The Lomans particularly Willy struggle to realize their dreams while fearing that these goals are unreachable Yet this fear is necessary to the hope Willy would much rather dream than succeed It is the destruction of his dream that destroys him not merely its failure Willy Loman the central character of the play dreams of success in business He wants to be well-liked the quality which he believes is the key to success He also wants his sons to follow in his footsteps and be popular During the actual time of the play however Willys dreams have obviously failed He is a sixty-year-old salesman whose friends have all died and who gets fired halfway through the play One of his sons is a farmhand the other is in the business world as assistant to an assistant Willy spends the play thinking back on his better days and often believing that they are reality His obsession with dreams prevents him from seeing the wreck of his life Willy does not want to acknowledge the state of his life and uses his daydreams to escape the knowledge He even acts on them refusing to salvage the present if it means breaking from his goal He desperately entreats Howard his boss to give him a job and is willing to accept absurdly low wages to continue being a salesman even a salesman who does not sell anything After Howard refuses the unemployed Willy will not accept a gift of fifty dollars a week from his pragmatic friend Charley To take this salary would be to concede defeat even though it would save his family Charley repeatedly asks Willy When are you going to grow up and Charleys son Bernard a practical studious teenager who becomes a high-placed lawyer advises Willy that sometimes the best thing to do
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