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A large controversy that revolves around the play Death of a Salesman is whether or not Willy Loman was actually a hero or a villain in the story It certainly cannot be said that he is really one or the other because of the evidence that is given throughout At some times he seems the pitiful victim of other peoples actions but at others he seems to have only himself to blame Most dont know whether to feel sorry for him or to hate him Although there seems to be evidence to support both ideas there seems to be more pointing in the direction of the latter Willys first fault concentrates around the affair that he had Maybe when it first started he had only intended it to be a business relationship but it didnt end up that way Somewhere along the line he let it go further and then didnt break it off Many things came of that one affair that only he caused First is the fact that his son Biff caught him doing it and was basically scarred for life from it It was Willys fault that Biff didnt attend summer school and as a result didnt graduate from high school Second is the fact that he was cheating on his wife therefore being dishonest with her Along with that was how he treated her all the time at home almost like she was incredibly inferior to him Part of it had to do with the fact that he was having an affair which made him ashamed the other part was sheer ignorance He felt that he couldnt face her because of what he was doing behind her back The affair that he created was a large part of why Willy could not possibly be thought of as a hero The second reason why Willy Loman cannot be considered a hero was that he basically encouraged
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