To what extent is Willy Loman responsible for the failure of his dreams?

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Willy Loman is an adult and so to a very large extent responsible for the failure of his dreams. He bought into the wrong dream—the American dream—of sitting back and reaping the harvest of easy money as a salesman in the land of opportunity. He believed too wholly and uncritically in such ideas as the following: it is not what you know but who you know that counts, personality matters more than knowledge or character (Willy has an affair that devastates Biff when he finds out about it) and you get can ahead without working hard. None of this works out for Willy, and yet the dream has been a part of his life for so long that he can't abandon it, no matter how many times it fails him. It has become an addiction for him; like a gambling addict, for a long time he believes that the next roll of the dice will put him on easy street.

Willy would have been better off to follow his heart and pursue his true talent at gardening. It might not have had the allure of a big money career, but he...

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