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...ed them as a father and this creates the conflict. A father is meant to be a source of dependency for his children, but this is a portrayal of the reverse. Willy being dependent on the children is a testament to the fact that relationships are not to be taken for face value. The author takes the expected roles of the father and his children and reverses it to give the reader a look into the reality of the world. The dynamic between parents and children is more complicated than literature makes it seem. Families are plagued by mental illness, separation, and desperate attempts to be "perfect parents". The problem is there is no such thing as perfection and the strive to be such is what leads Willy to insanity and ultimately his death. In today 's world, society has to stop pressuring the mass to try to achieve perfection or everyone will be a modern day Willy.
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