In Death of A Salesman, how does Willy Loman's tragic flaw lead him to his death?

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The basic flaw of Willy Loman's life can be summarized in one word: denial. This is not just the obvious denial of reality that has turned him delusional, but the denial that he has both used, and suffered from, from the earliest stages of his life.

As a child of four, Willy is denied the chance to have a normal childhood. Abandoned by his father, he is raised by his older brother, Ben. Similarly, he is denied a healthy growth when Ben also goes away to find riches in faraway lands.

As a younger man, Willy Loman recognizes his talents in woodworking, construction, and he even displays an ability to understand nature. Again, Willy denies himself the opportunity to test his skills in the things that he loves and opts to try the growing, quick-money making techniques that are offered in the newly born field of sales. Summoning the legendary successes of a late salesman named David Singleman, Willy seriously assumed that...

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