In order for Willy to be a successful father, he needs to feel that his kids are respected and accomplished. However this shows that Willy is such an outsider, because Biff is quite the opposite, as the Bill Oliver that is references has no idea who Biff is. Another example that shows how Willy’s goals and dreams turn him into a misfit is when he asks for a promotion “ Well, tell you the truth, Howard. I’ve come to the decision that I’d rather not travel anymore.” ( Miller 59).
If somebody else took that ball there’d be an uproar”. Willy contagualates biff on stealing and brings up his son as he can do whatever he wants because he 's well liked. Now back to the present where biff steals something from his work and everyone becomes suspicious he is forced to leave his only good job. Even though biff was brought up as being able to do whatever he pleased, in adulthood it 's not the same
Biff is extremely affected by his father’s myopia; in high school, he was a star athlete who was recruited by various universities and colleges. However, like Troy, Willy ignores Bernard and his worries about Biff:“What’re you talking about? With scholarships to three universities they’re gonna flunk him?” (Miller 19). Due to the excessive pride that his father forced onto him, he flunked math, which nullified his chance into getting into a good school: “And I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody!”
While Linda enabled him, Willy could not help himself too keep ruining the good opportunities he had and turning them into some factious reality. At Willy`s funeral Biff comes to the realization that his father had all the wrong dreams and visions of success. Willy`s only dream was the fake “American Dream” that people believe will happen overnight. Willy`s failed attempts and happiness bonded into one and played a part into him creating this false reality and persona that he was the best salesman and that he was well loved by everyone around him.
Ana Oceguera 12. 19. 16 AP English Death of a Salesman Character Compare and Contrast In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the audience follows the dynamic between the members of the Loman family. The father of the family, Willy Loman is a self-deluded traveling salesman whose dreams of success do not match his reality. Prompted by his frustration due to the discrepancy between his unrealistically ambitious expectations and his reality, we watch as his mental health takes a turn for the worse, and his story eventually ends in suicide.
I implore Willy to talk to his boss, Howard, to permit him to work in New York City rather than traveling throughout New England. Willy, encouraged, exclaims how he will indeed have a talk with Howard. Pleased with conversation i happily tell Willy that the boys have reunited. Willy does not seem to think the same way I do. Willy touches on the subject of Biff not finding himself and at his age he should be able to find himself and if Biff has not it was nothing but pure laziness.
Biff blamed Willy for this, telling him that he “...never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody!” (Miller 131). Also, Willy’s inability to accept anything deviating from what he wanted to hear led to Biff not being able to talk to his father candidly. Willy never allowed Biff to expose the truth - he constantly reminded Biff how smart, successful, and liked he was, so much so that Biff never had the chance (or the confidence and heart) to tell him all of this was not true. He didn’t want to be the one responsible for disappointing his father, and therefore played along,
This cancelled his plans to be a collegiate football player. Ever since then, things have kept going on a downhill path for Biff. Willy and Linda both notice this and it devastates them. But, instead of helping his son, Willy becomes agitated for the rest of his life. He expected his son to be better but, Biff did not want to be better.
If this was the case, Happy should be the champion of his father’s affection--as he had pursued the path he had and the path he expects of Biff to take. The constant disregard Happy faces from his father despite his constant attempts to get appeal to him reflects how the issue he finds in Biff doesn’t stem from the expectations he has in place for his sons, but rather an internal struggle he has for himself. Biff wishes to find his own happiness, rather than pretending to be someone that he’s not like his father and brother, even if that is against the prospects put in place for him. Willy’s glorifications about Biff serve as a parallel to his own delusions about his abilities as a salesman and man. As a result of this, Biff’s economic situation is intimately aggravating for Willy and his unstable conduct around him, as it reminds him of his own failures and delusions about himself.
He — talks to himself. Page 12 Happy mentions to Biff that Willy is slowly losing his mind. He sees Willy talking to himself about things that happened in the past. Due to his crazy ramblings, Biff and Happy became embarrassed of their father’s behavior and did not want to be seen with him. Willys boss Howard disrespects him a few times through the play.
Miller claims that when he saw his uncle he knew the first two lines and that there would be a death. Throughout the course of Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman desperately tries to justify his life. During Willy’s first flashback, he tries to believe that he was a good father and that his kids were going to be more successful than anyone else because of him. Willy desperately wants to persuade himself that he led a successful life.
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller portrays the last 24 hours of the life of a common man, Willy Loman, as he reflects on the failures of his life. Loman’s success as a salesman has passed now that his old loyal boss, Howard, has died, and he now works as an unsuccessful traveling salesman, scraping by on commision from Howard’s son. Loman goes to the neighbor, Charley, often borrowing money for household payments, but refuses to take a job-offer from him. Willy Loman’s spouse is Linda and they have two boys, Happy and his older brother Biff, who are now middle aged men who live back at home and are trying to find where they belong in life. Bernard is a childhood friend of the Loman boys, and is Charley’s son.
Zeb 1 Adam Zeb Hajra Naeem English February 8, 2016 “Death of A Salesman” In the play “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, the character Willy Loman has flaws in his character that make him responsible for his own misfortune. Willy fails to realize his personal failure and betrayal of his soul and family through the meticulously constructed deception of his life.