Arthur Miller describes Biff as a stereotypical jock who is physically strong and good at football but reliant on his friend Bernard for even passing school. He was on track to go to the university of Virginia, a university that he wanted to go to since he was a child. He even had a pair of shoes with the name of the university printed on the side. But that all changed after he failed his math test making him ineligible to graduate the high school. Biff had many dreams and plans before he failed that test, he wanted to go to the university of Virginia but due to his poor math skills he failed.
The passage which evidently focuses on Billy Bibbitis stated as, “He was concentrating on getting to his feet... she turned a slow, contemptuous look across the bunch of us” (314-316). This section reveals Billy Bibbit’s shift as a character,from a repressed, adolescent observer flourishing into a confident, masculine and bold character. He was timid and frightened by Nurse Ratched, as she used his mom as a threat to shame him back into her submission. However, when McMurphy encourages him to pursue his desires and he does, the readers recognize that he briefly regains his manhood and power, as he finally defies Nurse Ratched’s control.
Biff does not have the sufficient control of his father’s life to stop his father from committing suicide. Per contra, Biff trying to pull his father from his delusional word as well as giving his father hope helps elongates Willy’s grasp on life. Linda may assume that Biff will be able to save Willy through the two men’s relationship due to Willy’s self worth defined by Biff; however Biff while being able to help his father, has no substantial control or access to his father’s mind, being then unable to force his father away from his dangerous false reality driving Willy to suicide.
The biggest struggle in the younger generations is that individuals are told to become whatever one can envision after all the world is one’s oyster. The world is full of opportunity and excitement to follow dreams and desires the problem is how does one execute it and achieve it. Sadly the reality is that not all individuals can achieve what they sought after, resulting for settling for what is left on the plate. In pursuit of achieving bliss, an individual must be willing to endure the ups and downs of the journey to search for pure happiness. In the play, Death Of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller depicts the contradiction to one’s own joy and the compromise an individual is willing to make in order to achieve happiness.
Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, is about the dysfunctional Lowman family. The family consists of salesman father Willy, homemaker mother Linda, son and sports star Biff, and youngest son and daddy’s boy Happy. It became apparent through the course of the story, that the “Men” of the story were actually boys. By analyzing the males of this story the reasons for their immaturities become clear.
The play Death of a Salesman was written in 1949 by Arthur Miller. In the play, the main character, Willy Lowman, is a traveling salesman that puts all of his faith in achieving the “American Dream”. Willy believes that being popular, good looking, and well-liked by others will make him successful, wealthy, and happy. Willy instills this same belief into his two sons, Biff and Happy, from a very early age. As a teenager, Biff idolized his father and tried to make him proud by doing well in football.
The potential for change to Biff Loman and The Lawyer lies in their experiences with the title characters of their respective pieces (Willy Loman and Bartleby), as well as changes in the environment in which they have grown accustom to. Willy inhibited Biff from being able to successfully change and become the person he wanted to be because Biff was guided by Willy’s impractical expectations. Though Biff does revere Willy’s values and ethics throughout his entire childhood, he catches his father having an affair, which causes him to realize he never desired nor was able to uphold Willy’s expectations. Only until Willy died was Biff truly free from his father’s expectations and able to pursue his passion. Unlike Biff, the Lawyer’s inhibitor of change was not a person, but rather his job and environment.
Bartleby, from Bartleby the Scrivener, and Willy Loman, from Death of a Salesman, are in many ways opposites. Bartleby is an extreme individualist; only doing what he wants to, no matter the personal or professional cost. On the other hand, Willy Loman is a conformist; he does what he is told, lives an average life, and pursues the “American Dream” like most Americans do. Bartleby and Willy also share similarities: both are physiologically broken and their respective individuality and conformity lead them to their deaths, albeit in different ways. The stories themselves are also similar in that they both critique American society.
Tennessee Williams’, A Streetcar Named Desire, is a play upon how a mentally unstable woman, Blanche DuBois, keeps an unbelievable amount of secrets hidden from her younger sister while her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, is determined to uncover the truth. In Arthur Miller’s, Death of a Salesmen, is a twenty-four hour play that displays how bent on Willy Loman, a mentally unstable, 63 year-old man, is to leave his mark in the world. Williams and Miller illustrate the needing desire for men to not be deprived of their masculinity through Stanley Kowalski and Willy Loman’s need of control towards their lifestyle, the obligation of being unvarnished when situations they loath occur, as well as enraging themselves and acting inappropriately when the sense of their masculinity is tested. The author declares throughout their plays the cause and effect of what can happen when all they crave is control, in addition to the two men are not healthy role models for anyone to follow.
People could have learned certain characteristics from a family member and this may lead them to act just like them. In the book, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, there are many different places that show Willy and Biff criticizing each other and talking badly about each other due to their similarities. However, some people have pointed out that they feel Willy and Biff still do not have enough in common with each other. This may be the case; however, it lacks the evidence. Biff and Willy hate each other and complain and criticize each other because of all the things that they have in common.