What is the relationship between Charley and Willy in Death of a Salesman?
The relationship between Charley and Willy is relatively complex. Charley is Willy's longtime neighbor and only friend in the play. Charley tries his best to help Willy by giving him money to pay the bills, sharing valuable advice, and offering him a job. Despite Charley's generosity, Willy resents Charley's success and treats him disparagingly because he is jealous. Charley does not view Willy as a competitor and sympathizes with him. Unfortunately, Willy is too proud to appreciate Charley's friendship.