Compare and contrast Willy and Charley in Death of a Salesman

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Willy and Charley are contemporaries, growing up at the same time and in the same place, and even working in the same profession. Though they share this history, they grow into very different people. Charley is a hard-working realist who raises a son who becomes a success. Willy is an entitled dreamer who raises two sons to share his own specific mode of failure - a compulsion to fantasize and a willingness to supplant reality with fantasy. 

Looking strictly at the facts, Willy has worked as a salesman for as many years as Charley, and has managed to pay off his house. However, Willy has no capital - moral or financial - to draw upon in his old age. Charley, conversely, has built up his own business and his son has achieved success. Bernard will be in a position to...

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