Willy Loman is a man that is good with his hands, a trait that Miller is sure to emphasize at every turn. It is a predilection inherited from his father, a salesman of a rather different sort than Willy. Willy’s father was a frontiersman and an inventor at heart, and would have been by all accounts had a great man—had he not rejected Willy with his abandonment, and caused Willy to distance himself from his father and all that he represents (Fix 465. The wooden flutes his father skillfully carved represent the apex of the talent Willy could have brought to bear had his father not broken his faith and sullied the art of craftsmanship in Willy’s mind forever. Thus emotionally taxing segments of the play are punctuated by the noise of a flute, constantly taking both Willy and the reader back to the broken link of trust that started it all.
With his father’s path forcibly closed to him, Willy instead adopts as a surrogate the life of venerable salesman Dave Sing...
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