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In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller three minor characters affect the plot These characters are Ben Charley and Howard The minor characters help the storys protagonist Willy develop extensively throughout the course of the play therefore they are key elements in the advancing story line This story line blends and contrasts Willys closest companions Ben and Charley They represent two aspects of Willys ideals Howard Willys boss functions in order to heighten the destruction of Willys dream The characters Ben Charley and Howard are influential in the plays outcome and help develop the main character Willy Ben is a figment of Willys imagination that represents his idealistic view of prosperity Ben is symbolic of the success of the American Dream He expresses these feelings when he says When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out And by God I was rich48 Ben earned his affluence without the help of an education or job Willy is continuously misled with delusion illusions of grandeur by Ben as in when Ben says What are you building Lay your hand on it Where is it86 Ben questions the success of Willys sales job and states that in order to be prosperous one must physically touch it Ben represents the success of the Dream and functions in order to make Willy doubt the actions of hard work Charley is Willys closest friend and he displays the failure of Willy Lomans ideals He is a very realistic character who attempts to convince Willy that his goals are all wrong An example of his attempts is The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell97 Willy believes that in order to be a success one must be well liked therefore Charley explains to Willy that good business will make someone prosperous The failure of Willys ideals are again represented with his envious attitude towards Charley
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