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The drama Death of a Salesman revolves around three basic conflicts Willy Loman the protagonist is a salesman whose life is falling apart Willy has many hopes and dreams however few of them are possible or ever become reality This constant conflict between reality and his dream world continually eats at Willys pride He also struggles against society He doesnt fit in the business world of the time and he feels he is a failure by societys standards and his own Biff and Happy Willys sons often clash with Willy over many issues such as women work and morals Willy Loman has high goals but they are too high for him a Lo-man to reach This conflict is shown throughout the play in many ways He tells his sons that Someday Ill have my own business but he is not a good salesman bringing home only about seventy dollars a week a good wage for the time but not enough to build a business The audience can see that he is upset by his failure because he constantly tries to hide it Even in his flashbacks he is trying to lie to Linda about how much he is earning Linda knows how much his dreams mean to him and often lets him lie to her although she knows the truth She tells Biff and Happy that Willy gets money from their neighbour Charley and tells her its his salary Willy transfers many of his ideals and dreams onto his sons especially Biff As the popular high school football player Biff opitomises many of Willys dreams for himself Biff is handsome popular and seems sure to be successful Unfortunately one of Willys failures his infidelity to Linda changes Biffs view of Willy so he no longer believes the lies that Willy tells The loss of his sons support is a heavy blow to Willys pride but his lack of connection to reality means he cannot
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