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Just be yourself It is a phrase that is often said to those who long for acceptance It is clear that Willy Loman the main character in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Death of a Saleseman by Arthur Miller struggles with that concept Willy Loman is a troubled man who is completely unsatisfied with many aspects of his life and ultimately kills himself What leads to this suffering mans suicide is his inability to find his sense of self The charade that Willy lives is evident when he seeks the affections of another woman while married to his admirable wife Linda boasts about the success of his sons and becomes obsessed with the idea of being well known and liked in his work and home environmentWilly Loman commits adultery because he is unable to be completely honest with his wife Linda In his own home Willy feels the need to fabricate that he is a successful businessman Linda Loman has her suspicions that Willy is not the successful business man that he pretends to be yet she lets him carry on with his act Willy is exhausted from portraying his alter ego and does not have the courage to confide in his wife What attracts Willy Loman to infidelity appears to be the fulfillment he receives by seducing a woman with his humor and impressive sales talk Moreover Willy can inflate his image and feel bigger and better about himself with every ooh and ahh he receives in return from his secret lover Spending time with his mistress provides the ultimate ego boost for Willy whose ego is so fragile Willys mistress is wooed easily by his slick words and shows her admiration by pleasing him sexually Ultimately having an affair with another woman makes the main character feel in control These rendezvous make him feel like he is living a fantasy of
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