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Willy's memories are key to understanding his character. He carefully selects memories or re-creates  past events in order to devise situations in which he is successful or to justify his current lack of  prosperity. For example, Willy recalls Ben and the job he offered to Willy after being fired by Howard.  Willy is unable to cope with the idea that he has failed, so he relives Ben's visit. The memory allows  Willy to deny the truth and its consequences — facing Linda and the boys after being fired — and to  establish temporary order in his disrupted life. At other times, Willy proudly recalls memories of Biff's  last football game because it is more pleasant to re-create the past in which Biff adored him and  wanted to score a touchdown in his name, rather than face the present where he is at odds with his  own son.
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