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Death of salesman It is important to note that much of the plays action takes place in Willys home In the past the home was located in a semi-rural area outside New York City There was space within the neighborhood for expansion When Willy and Linda purchased it it represented the expression of Willys hopes for the future In the present the house is hemmed in by apartment buildings on all sides and sunlight barely reaches into their yard It has come to represent the reduction of Willys hopes Just as the house is besieged by apartment buildings Willys ego is besieged by doubts and mounting evidence that he will not enjoy the fame and fortune promised by the American dream In the past the home was the site of hopeful departure and triumphant return Willy would leave each week full of hopes that he would make a killing and bring back a big paycheck He returned to a happy home with a loving wife and worshipful sons He whispered his hopes to open his own business in the eager ears of Biff and Happy He returned with surprise gifts to their delight When the play opens Willy returns from a business trip he could not even complete The house is not full of eagerly waiting family members In other words he returns home as a defeated man Moreover when he set out in the morning he left behind an unresolved argument with Biff The home has become the site of frustrated hopes and dreams Willys reality profoundly conflicts with his hopes Throughout his life he has constructed elaborate fantasies to deny the mounting evidence of his failure to fulfill his hopes By the time the play opens Willy suffers from a crippling self-delusion His consciousness is split so soundly that he cannot even maintain a consistent fantasy In one moment he calls Biff a lazy bum In the next moment he says
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