The writers intention was most probably to emphasize how certain behavior can lead to a terrible outcome. This is obvious through Charley, considering that he too is a business man, but that his self-control assistes him in understanding the difference between right or wrong. Surely, it would be absurd to claim that Charley is not interested in becoming more successful than he is. However, this does not mean that he is willing to risk everything he has in order to have that happen. The fact that Charley was satisfied with his position whereas Willy considered his best friends success to be nothing in comparison to Dave Singlemans illustrates what each of the characters wanted from life. Through giving J.P. Morgan as an example, Charley actually demonstrates that one does not necessary has to be well-liked in order for the whole world to appreciate him.
Charley is decent enough to let those around him do as they please, considering his behavior toward his wife and his son. In contrast, Willy insists that his sons do as he wants them to, as he believes that this is the only chance for them to achieve something.
Willy does not understand Charleys role in his life until his last moments, when he takes time to think about everyone he knows, only then recognizing who his best friend was. Charleys support comes even though he knows Willy does not actually care about him, given that he sees the best of Willy and does not pause from doing everything in his power to help his friend. He does this in spite of the fact that he is aware that it is very likely for Wiley not to return his benevolent acts.
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