How does dementia function as a way for Willy to cope with the failure to realize his ambitions in Death of a Salesman?

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Dementia is a cognitive disorder that negatively affects a person's memory, reasoning abilities, and emotional control. In this play, Willy Loman is a struggling salesman who has not attained his dreams of becoming successful and amassing wealth. Willy continually hallucinates, daydreams about Biff and Happy's adolescence, and has extended conversations with his deceased brother. In addition to his frequent hallucinations, Willy struggles to stay on topic during conversations, misremembers certain events, and even represses difficult memories.

Despite the negative effects of Willy's dementia, one could argue that his cognitive...

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