Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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In Death of a Salesman, why won't Willy work for Charley, and yet he is able to ask Charley for money?

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The first thing to consider when analyzing the friendship between Charley and Willy is that these two men belong to a completely different generation where the sense of community, responsibility, and loyalty could never be compared to modern day relationships.

Charley, a man who is obviously more knowledgeable, successful, and reasonable than Willy, is also mature enough to leave his own ego aside in order to, objectively, analyze Willy's situation for what it is. Throughout the play, Charley and his son Bernard have acted as foils to Willy and Biff, representing a more conventional and functional relationship between father...

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