In Death of a Salesman Willy's house is the only place where he can play the role of a salesman. Discuss

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The situation with Willy is that he has lost control everywhere: At work, with himself, with his children, and with his neighbors and friends. The only place where Willy can halfway exert some form of power is in his house where Lydia still holds him on a pedestal, and has refused to recognize the fact that things have changed and that Willy is a broken man.

Since no other character seems to be able to reconnect with Willy and communicate in a normal way, Lydia is the only person with whom Willy can talk and feel like he is in control. There at home is where he is at ease, away from the world which continues to change around him, and which he cannot fit into anymore. At home, Willy has the power of reinventing, creating, and imagining himself safely under Lydia's care and ability to live in denial just like Willy does.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The situation with Willy is that he has lost control everywhere: At work, with himself, with his children, and with his neighbors and friends. The only place where Willy can halfway exert some form of power is in his house where Lydia still holds him on a pedestal, and has refused to recognize the fact that things have changed and that Willy is a broken man.

Since no other character seems to be able to reconnect with Willy and communicate in a normal way, Lydia is the only person with whom Willy can talk and feel like he is in control. There at home is where he is at ease, away from the world which continues to change around him, and which he cannot fit into anymore. At home, Willy has the power of reinventing, creating, and imagining himself safely under Lydia's care and ability to live in denial just like Willy does.

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