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Death of a Salesman Willys Escape No one has a perfect life Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible while some attack the problem to get it out of the way Willy Lowmans technique in Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman leads to very severe consequences Willy never really does anything to help the situation he just escapes into the past whether intentionally or not to happier times were problems were scarce He uses this escape as if it were a narcotic and as the play progresses the reader learns that it can be a dangerous drug because of its addictiveness and its deadliness The first time Willy is seen lapsing off into the past is when he encounters Biff after arriving home The conversation between Willy and Linda reflects Willys disappointment in Biff and what he has become which is for the most part a bum After failing to deal adequately with his feelings he escapes into a time when things were better for his family It is not uncommon for one to think of better times at low points in their life in order to cheer themselves up so that they are able to deal with the problems they encounter but Willy Lowman takes it one step further His refusal to accept reality is so strong that in his mind he is transported back in time to relive one of the happier days of his life It was a time when no one argued Willy and Linda were younger the financial situation was less of a burden and Biff and Happy enthusiastically welcomed their father back home from a long road trip Willys need for the drug is satiated and he is reassured that
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