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Willy Lohman Victimizes Everyone In His Family

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In Arthur Miller's play a Death of a Salesman the main character Willy Loman lives in a dream world of his own. This world is often made of memories, but Willy is lost in his own thoughts when he is not remembering. He listens to others only when he wants to. One way or another he tries to silence whoever is talking to him. However the real world and the people in it do not readily conform to Willy's dream world thus causing him to very often be in a state of irritable vulnerability. Willy was the youngest male in his family, and was left behind by his father and his older brother, both of whom were stronger people then he was. Willy grew up in a household, like the one he has now, it is ...view middle of the document...

He sends Biff and Happy over to the apartment building that is being built to steal lumber to fix up their own house. Both Linda and Charley warn Willy not to let them go and steal the lumber but all Willy has to say is; "You should a seen the lumber they brought home last week. At least a dozen six-by-tens worth all kinds a money." Willy's encouragement of stealing victimizes the boys by making them think that stealing is alright, and that no harmful consequences could come from it.The family member that is most victimized in this play is Biff. Willy causes this to happen by allowing Biff to see him with another woman. When Biff goes to visit his father in Boston, he mistakenly walks in on him with another woman. Seeing his father with another woman causes him to be bitterly disillusioned because the man that he respected and idolized was not as great as man as he had originally thought thus victimizing him. You can see this when Willy says; "I'll see Birnbaum first thing in the morning," and Biff responds; "Never mind, he wouldn't listen to you." Willy continues to say; "He certainly will listen to me. You need those points for the U. of Virginia." Biff then says; "I'm not going there." Willy then grabs for Biff and says; "I gave you an order!" Biff responds by saying; "Don't touch me, you - liar... You fake! You phony little fake!" This shows how Biff has been bitterly disillusioned and victimized because of this one moment when he can no longer trust or respect his father.Willy victimizes Happy very little in this play. That is because he rarely speaks to Happy, and when he does, it is usually when he is talking at the same time to Biff. Often it is to tell Happy to listen to Biff. This is shown when Willy says; "Happy, use newspaper on the windows, it's the easiest thing. Show him how to do it, Biff! You see, Happy? Pad it up, use it like a pad." Willy does not neglect Happy on purpose he just has no time for him. This causes Happy to grow up feeling the need to be accepted or to feel loved. In his adult years Happy finds acceptance and love in the form of women. Happy becomes a womanizer...

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