This week's question celebrates Father's Day, and asks: What's your favorite father character in a book.
Honestly, probably Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman.
He's at the end of his rope, looking back on life, trying to make sense of it, trying to grab onto anything that will help him through. Despite his obvious mental state, he and his wife have managed to raise two boys with good heads on their shoulders. While I certainly don't condone parents killing themselves, it's written in such a way that it shows a common theme (although exagerrated) one finds when one is a parent. That you want your kids to do better. Moreso: that you want your kids to do better but you also want them to be like you. That's a tough order to fill. Willy tries, and that's what I see. He fails, sure. But he tried.
Parenting and parents aren't perfect, that's what Willy shows.
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