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Death Of A Salesman Written by Arthur Miller is about a dysfunctional family with the head of the house Willy Loman is the fatherand being the source of the problems Willy Loman spent most of his childhood without a father His father abandoned the family when Willy was three ThereforeWilly really never had a role model on how to be a husband or a parentWilly his wife Linda their two sons Biff and Happy or Hap for short lived in Brooklyn NY where Willy had been a salesman for 34 years He spent most of those years traveling to different cities selling for his company The play takes place at a time in Willys life where he starts having trouble distiguishing present reality with past events During the raising of his two sons he made it a habit of sending them mixed messages In one statement he would congradulate Biff for stealing a football from the locker room and the next he would tell him how wrong stealing wasWilly was embarrassed that he was stuck in Brooklyn with a low paying job He would make up lies about himself to cover up this fact He blows himself up to his friends and his family pretending to be a bigshot in the sales business He would often tell his sons when they say Willy Loman people listen Willys reality versus illusion problem eventially bring about Willys downfall He starts seeing Ben his older brother who left when Willy was a young child Ben went in search of his father and ended up in Africa to become rich in gold mining Ben actually stumbles across the mines but Willy has the illusion that Ben worked hard for to get where he was Willy spends alot of time trying to accomplish what Ben had accomplished but had been unable to and that also contributes to his downfall Neither of Willys sons were very successfull despite all
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