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Willys Comfort Zone It would be difficult for one to go through life in constant battle with his hardships The manner in which certain individuals deal with these conflicts may vary as much as the spectrum of colors in a gay pride parade Some try to solve the problem and get rid of it while others will try and put it aside for as long as possible In Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Lomans method is very dangerous and yields harsh results Instead of confronting the circumstances he flees to his memories of the better days when his lifes predicaments were very limited Willy takes comfort in evading his problems by being reminiscent however this comfort is indeed his fatal flaw Willys first flash to the past was when his son Biff returns home from the west Willy discusses his disappointment in Biff with his wife Linda When Willy fails to cope with this misfortune successfully he returns in his head to a time when everything was going well and life was more fortunate to him It is perfectly normal for one to remember more fortunate days at dispirited times of life as long as the ability to return to the present and deal with the reality of the situation is still available However Willy never does return to the original problem He just continues on with life fleeing the troubles that cross his path His refusal to acknowledge reality becomes so significant that he honestly believes the past and he lives his entire life through a false identity never looking at the truth of his life His next allusion to the past was during a conversation with his wife Willy is downhearted about his failure to provide for his family his looks and basically his whole life in general He begins to see some of the truth in his life
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