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Death of a Salesman Willy LowmanWillys Escape No one has a perfect life Everyone has conflicts that they mustface sooner or later The ways in which people deal with these personalconflicts can differ as much as the people themselves Some insist onignoring the problem as long as possible while some attack the problem toget it out of the way Willy Lowmans technique in Arthur Millers playDeath of a Salesman leads to very severe consequences Willy never reallydoes anything to help the situation he just escapes into the past whetherintentionally or not to happier times were problems were scarce He usesthis escape as if it were a narcotic and as the play progresses the readerlearns that it can be a dangerous drug because of its addictiveness andits deadliness The first time Willy is seen lapsing off into the past is when heencounters Biff after arriving home The conversation between Willy andLinda reflects Willys disappointment in Biff and what he has become whichis for the most part a bum After failing to deal adequately with hisfeelings he escapes into a time when things were better for his family Itis not uncommon for one to think of better times at low points in their lifein order to cheer themselves up so that they are able to deal with theproblems they encounter but Willy Lowman takes it one step further Hisrefusal to accept reality is so strong that in his mind he is transportedback in time to relive one of the happier days of his life It was a timewhen no one argued Willy and Linda were younger the financial situationwas less of a burden and Biff and Happy enthusiastically welcomed theirfather back home from a long road trip Willys need for the drug issatiated and he is reassured that everything will turn out okay and thefamily will soon be as happy as it was in the good old days
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