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I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money.

His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person. This is a prime example the play's direct cry regarding human dignity, and also portrays Lindas loving devotion to her husband. The thesis of her speech - and of Salesman as a whole - is that all men deserve respect and attention, and no man should die without feeling he mattered. This is happening to Willy, as he is crumpled by the fruitlessness of his own life and the crushing unattainability of riches, fame and the American Dream. Even his own name implies a low man.

I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman! Biff has just cried that he is a dime a dozen, and so is his father. Willy, refusing to believes this cries that he and his sons must be special. The Lomans must stand out from the pack. All of his feelings of self-respect and identity come from doing better than the next man, and to realize that he is no different than anyone else would be to realize that his life is false, which may destroy him.

I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been In Act Two, Biff comes to terms with the fact that his father's illusions of success for him were really just illusions, and nothing more. He has spent his life trying to live up to this impossible falsehood and a vision of himself that never existed. Willy's illusions about success impacted every part of his sons' lives.