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Willie Lowman is a character that most anyone can identify with He hastwo sides to his life On one side he creates an image of beingsuccessful well liked and bold On the other side he feels oldunsuccessful defeated and disliked He maintains the successful imageto comfort his wife and friends This veil of success becomes thinnerand thinner until he lingers between fantasy and reality of the cruelworld often changing back and forth in the course of a conversationThe core of Willies slow painful demise into nothingness is based uponhis beliefs Willie thinks that success is not what you know but whohe knows and how well he is liked These beliefs he instills in hissons who find themselves adrift and meaningless just like theirfather In addition Willie sees the world changing and his owninability to change with it will seal his fate He misses the openland and the smell of flowers in the summer the pollution and highrise apartments add to Wil lies dismal existence An example ofWillies shift from fantasy to reality is during his conversation withhis wife about the Chevy He thinks the car is fantastic the best everbuilt Later he and his wife discuss some bills that were paid andwhen told about the bill to get the Chevys carburetor fixed he saysthat they ought to prohibit the manufacture of the carWillie Lowman is finding himself less and less capable He dreams ofmaking it big and has visions of Uncle Ben who gives him advice on howto get rich but never the kind of advice Willie wants to hear Willieis concerned about his image He is a great showman who can brag andflaunt like the best of them and as witness to the hard truth of hisfailure he continues to weave fairy tales and live in fantasy Williewants his sons to be better off and more successful than him but hehas already corrupted them and they too claim achievements well beyondreality Biff comes to
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