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by Arthur Miller

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Willy says, "I never told him (Biff) anything that wasn't decent." Is this true? What does this say about Willy?

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I think there are several ways you can think about this.  If you emphasize the TOLD, then this could be an excuse for what he showed Biff by his behavior.  From here, I think it depends on how you read/judge Willie.  Willie had a lot of dreams that weren't "reality based." Biff  knows that his father had "all the wrong dreams" and that he passed them along to his sons.  Charlie notes, however, that a salesman has to dream. 

Are we supposed to blame Willie for his "dreams"?  Should he have taken the job that Charlie offered him?  Did his pride get in the way of what he...

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