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Response #3 Tan Huy Hoang Nguyen Professor Pam O’Klock-Stein English 1B 16 January 2006 “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller Willy is a consistent character throughout the story. He customizes information, facts, and memories to fit his ideal perception of the world. When someone disagrees with Willy, he is insulted and becomes angry. He is tired of always being contradicted. His son Biff is the character that opposes him the most throughout the play. Willy criticizes Biff because he feels his son is wasting his life working on a farm in Texas, but Linda defends Biff because he is still soul searching. Willy sees Biff’s instability as a sign of laziness and lack of character. Yet, Willy’s opinion of Biff changes as a result of
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Unformatted text preview: his memories of Biff in high school. He envisions his past memories of Biff onto the present, convincing himself that his son will have the same effect on people now as a salesman or a hired hand on a farm that he did as a football player in high school. In other words, his sons situation is too difficult to acknowledge, so Willy creates an alternative reality that is much more acceptable, denying the facts of the situation. This way, Willy creates order from disorder because he manipulates facts to produce a better alternative. Such brilliance....
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