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If we were to interpretDeath of a Salesmanthrough a biographical lens, the most likely character to identify with Arthur Miller himself would not be Willy or either of his sons but his friend and neighbor Charley, a man who is a realist and sees how Willy's fantasies are not only hurting himself but planting false illusions in the minds of his sons. Like Arthur Miller himself, Charley understands that the world is a cold, cruel place in which people must compete for survival, and that they must prepare themselves for that competition as well as for the relentless changes created by advances in technology, increasing population, and other factors.
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