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Character Deconstruction and Death of a Salesman

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By telling people what they want to hear, Happy thinks he will be well-liked and accepted. He lies to Linda on returning from the restaurant saying “But, Mom, he had a great time with us….” here Happy is lying so as to escape Linda’s scolding. He lies so that Linda will not think badly of him. His goal in life is to be popular and rich but like his father, he does not have the ability of hard work, honesty and moral backbone to achieve it.

His role in the play is that of a static character, he does not change in the play. He is and remains the duped son who buys his father’s false values and lives his life by them. Even after his father’s death, he refuses to see the falseness of his father life and change his lifestyle. When Biff tries to change his opinion he says, “I’m gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. Its the only dream you can have…..” Here Happy is trying to convince Biff that their father had the right view and aim in life and he is promising to fulfill his father’s dreams by becoming rich. So one can see that Happy learns nothing and his character remains shallow right up to the end.