How does self-deception function as a coping mechanism for the Lomans in Death of a Salesman?

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I think that the idea of believing in appearances over reality plays a major role in all of the characters in Miller's drama.  Part of the particular strength of the drama is how each character is shown to be predisposed to focusing on what can be as opposed to what is as a result of the matrix of their states of being in consciousness.  It might be easy for the reader/ audience to criticize the characters for doing this, but in assessing the configuration of their...

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