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Hiding the Truth Many people like to live in an illusionary world which they know is not true One example is when a lazy obese man looks in the mirror and he sees a different well-built man This illusion is apparent to him but uses it as a cover up of reality This pertains to Willy Loman the main character in Arthur Millers The Death of a Salesman Willy makes up many illusions which hide the truth of reality Willy lives in a world of illusions including the belief that he is well liked his son Biff is destined for greatness and that Bernard his neighbors son is unsuccessful now and later on also Willys belief that he is a well liked and popular proves to be an apparent illusion in the story One example why this is an illusion is when Linda the wife of Willy says to Charley and Biff during the funeral of Willy Why didnt anybody come But where are all the people he knew P137 Thus the quote shows that Willy was not as popular as he thought he was If Willy was truly well liked by many people there would have been more people at his funeral Willy finally realizes that he is not well liked and he says it himself while speaking to Charley youre the only friend I got p 98 The quote implies Willy does not have many friends as he points out in the story If Willy were well liked by everyone then he would have more friends not just Charley Believing Biff is destined for greatness is just another illusion in the story He is not destined for greatness because of his poor performance in his educational studies Bernard one of his friends says to him Youre supposed to study with me todayif you dont start studyin math hes gonna flunk you and you wont graduate P32
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