What does Charley attempt to do for Willy in "Death of a Salesman"?

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Charley is Willy Loman's only genuine friend in the play and goes out of his way to help Willy make ends meet. Charley is fully aware of Willy's dire situation and has been lending him fifty dollars a week so that he can pay his bills. Despite Charley's benevolence and gracious actions, Willy continues to criticize and argue with him. After Willy gets fired, he is completely overwhelmed by the entire situation and visits Charley's office. After discovering that Charley's son is a successful lawyer who will be presenting a case in front of the Supreme Court, Willy asks Charley for a hundred and ten dollars. Charley agrees to give Willy the extra money and offers him a job, where he will make fifty dollars per week. However, Willy refuses to accept Charley's offer and insists that he could never work for him. Charley then expresses his belief that Willy was always jealous of him and Willy threatens to hit him. Charley proceeds to pay Willy the extra money needed to pay his insurance and the two characters stop arguing.

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Charley attempts to be Willy's friend. He not only offers him a job when Willy loses his, but he also regularly "lends" Willy fifty dollars a week. Despite Willy's lack of appreciation for Charley's help and his downright rudeness to Charley on many occasions, Charley tries to offer guidance and support for his neighbor.

A man of great patience, Charley understands what makes Willy the man he is. Charley realizes that Willy wants respect, that he seeks success, but Charley also recognizes that Willy is human---he has flaws; he makes mistakes. Although Charley enjoys teasing Willy from time to time ("Ebbets Field just blew up!"), he cares for Willy. At his funeral in the Requiem, Charley is the one who describes Willy best: "...a salesman. ... He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.  [He's] got to dream." Charley wanted to help Willy with his dream, but Willy just didn't know how to accept his help gracefully.

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