Discuss the Importance of the Character Ben, in ‘Death of a Salesman.’

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Discuss the importance of the character BEN, in ‘death of a salesman.’ Death of a salesman is a play that talks about the American dream. Willy Loman is the main character, and he is chasing his dream throughout the play. Willy strives to be a successful salesman and have countless money, just like his older brother Ben whom he looks up to, even after he passed away he would visualize him. Ben has a specific line that he repeats throughout the play ‘’when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by god I was rich.’ Whenever Ben says that Willy gets motivated to work harder and he interprets Ben's good fortune as undeniable proof that his dreams of making it big are realistic. Ben is the fuel to Willy’s ultimate dream of success. Whenever Ben was around he would constantly remind Willy of how important he is, he may not do it on purpose but he has the tendency to remind Willy how wealth and success runs in the family, ‘’Great inventor, father. With one gadget he made more in a week than a man like you could make in a lifetime’’ And that just makes Willy feel as if he will never be good enough and as important as his brother or father, which demotivates him. Willy sees Ben frequently after he died. When Ben was alive he provided Willy with an example of the qualities he wants to implant on his two boys, Ben is a perfect example of a good looking, charming man that easily became rich. Willy would repeatedly explain how Ben travelled into the jungle and came out rich, thinking that it was an easy thing to do. After Ben dies, he switched to the role of an inhibitor, agreeing and helping Willy with his daily decisions. Both alive and dead Ben reminds Willy of his regret for not following him to Alaska and hitting it big, ‘’Why didn’t I go to Alaska with my brother Ben that time! Ben! That man was a genius, that man was success incarnate! What a mistake! He begged me

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