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Death of a Salesman characters
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traveling salesman; ruined by rejection, failure, self-doubt, and especially by self-delusions; major flaw is false idea that success depends on being "well liked"
willy's unselfish, loving wife; represents traditional values, family, loyalty, hard work; sees through willy's lies, encourages them because she realizes illusions are all he has
willy's oldest son; drifter, petty thief, menial laborer; former all-American boy, discovers being truthful about himself will free him from lies of the past
willy's younger son; clerk in department store; lonely, desperate for love; as child, tried to impress willy; as adult, competes with bosses by seducing their fiances; fails to see value of truth in assessing his life
will's next door neighbor and only friend; successful businessman, well adjusted; contrasts willy
charley's son; successful, reliable, hardworking lawyer; as child, criticized by lomans for being studious rather than "well liked"
willy's older, dead brother; self-made man, ruthless; personifies wealth, power, success
woman in Boston with whom Willy has an affair
wily's boss; son of original boss; unsentimental and unsympathetic about wily's problems
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