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Between pages 84-87 Willy Loman has a serious conflict with the characters Linda and Ben Using this conflict Arthur Miller tries to aid the question of Willy Lomans failure Using effective stage directions and dialogue Miller gives the questioning audience more evidence that Willy will fail his job hence his life After having a light quarrel with his boss Willy starts slipping into his imaginary world once more Bens theme music fades in while Ben appears on stage Ben enters with a valise and an umbrella symbolizing Bens sheltered lifestyle This also symbolizes that Ben doesnt have a large burden relative to Willys large suitcases in the opening pages of the play Ben seems to be the opposite of Willy he has no burdens has shelter has money and makes life look extremely easy as on page 84 Ben says Doesnt take much time if you know what youre doing Ben is portrayed as a superior human being compared to Willy and Ben seems to have the answers to life however he doesnt exploit them This contrast aids the audiences thoughts of Willys failure Miller also adds that Ben is unemotional arrogant and doesnt have enough time for Willy On page 84 Willy says Ben Ive got to talk to you This shows that Willy needs some advice from Ben however Ben is in a hurry and keeps looking at his watch To make the conflict even greater Miller brings in the character of Linda into the scene Linda enters the scene with the wash and says oh your back on page 85 This implies that Linda does not have the money to dress up nicely and the way she says her comment is very negative and also shows the tension between Ben and Linda Ben proposes that Willy can possibly join the timber industry with him which is a symbol of building something Linda repeatedly tells Willy that he has a great job
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