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For Willy Loman to be liked was the definitive criterion of life success The American dream of wealth and luck became Willys dream and it almost became reality Willy realizes that in fact he has lived his life in vain never achieving nor succeeding but remaining a shadow of his ambition It is this sudden insight that urges him into a fantasy afraid to face the future It is only through Willys failure as a salesman that his innate desire for the outdoors is exposed At the end of the play Charley mentions He was a happy man with a batch of cement so wonderful with his hands he had the wrong dreams all wrong It has been often said that the play emphasize the path not taken may have been the right one still Willy holds the inability to see who and what he is Miller has created Willys wife Linda in such a way that it is difficult to confirm whether she is a positive or destructive force upon him It is hard to understand why she allows this deception to rise to the level that it does The love Linda holds for Willy is relentless She sees herself as his protector allowing him to laps into his illusions where he feels contentment But in her love for her husband she is ironically his destroyer Linda in her admiration for Willy also accepts his dream which turns out fatal She allows him to kill himself never letting on that she knows about the attempted suicides The character most harmfully affected by Willys pursuit of the Great American Dream is his eldest son Biff Similarly they are both impractical one by the consequences of disillusionment the other by illusions themselves Still looking for his purpose in life Biff persists due to Willy While still in high school Biffs future was assured and was tremendously well liked but it all came down soon afterwards
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