What is the relationship between Ben and Willy in the play Death of a Salesman?

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Ben would like Willy to take after him, move to Alaska, take a chance, work outdoors, and become a true success. 

Willy esteems and admires Ben and is tempted to do exactly what Ben suggests. However, Willy is persuaded by a more corporate version of the American Dream and he...

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Ben would like Willy to take after him, move to Alaska, take a chance, work outdoors, and become a true success. 

Willy esteems and admires Ben and is tempted to do exactly what Ben suggests. However, Willy is persuaded by a more corporate version of the American Dream and he remains at home, with his family, attempting to work his way to partnership with his employers. 

Ben represents both boldness and the achievement of wealth to Willy. These characteristics can be seen as an articulation of self and self-determination which eludes Willy, who is not in a position of self-determinacy or potential success. The fact that he commits suicide as  a money making venture is a clear indication of Willy's lack of economic potency. 

Willy's relationship to Ben, then, can be seen also as a representation of Willy's relationship to success (and failure).

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