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A Mans Role Willies Masculinity Many men feel that it is their job to provide for their family Men are supposed to be the providers in the household so every day the men go to their jobs and earn their living However sometimes things change The loss of a job or a sever decline in their earning can hurt the male ego if they are no longer to provide the household with enough money This is very evident in The Death of A Salesman Willy feels that he has lost his masculinity because he is no longer earning enough money to pay all the bills So he begins to make up stories and reminisce about the past and hints about the future of his boys who he is living vicariously through Lets face facts no one has a perfect life Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible while some attack the problem to get it out of the way Willy Lowmans technique in Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman leads to very severe consequences Willy never really does anything to help the situation he just escapes into the past whether intentionally or not to happier times were problems were scarce and life was good He goes back to a time when he was a great seller and was making a good living The family was a together and his boys in willies mind where building a bright future He uses this escape as if it were a drug and as the play progresses the reader learns that it can be a dangerous drug because of its addictiveness and its eventual deadliness The first time Willy is seen lapsing off into the past is when he encounters Biff after arriving
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