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. Willy hates how Biff has a job on a farm that he likes to have as well. You can see Biff talking about his job when he said, "This farm I work on, it 's spring there now, see? And they 've got about fifteen new colt. There’s nothing more inspiring or-beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt” (22). This quote is letting people know how Biff and Willy have a lot in common since Biff likes working on a farm outside and so does Willy. When Biff said, "You wait kid, before it 's all over we 're gonna get a little place out in the country and I 'll raise some vegetables, a couple of chickens…" (72). This is showing how Willy enjoys working on a farm like Biff does and how they do have similarities. Admittedly Willy and Biff both are not succeeding in life since they both do not have a job. Willy seems to be complaining about how he hates how Biff does not have a job. Biff says,
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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
Some would say that Willy and Biff do not see them self in each other In the novel Death of a Salesman. This may be the case, however, it overlooks the fact that the Death of a Salesman they do see them self in each other and they hate themselves for it. In the novel, Willy and Biff think that that they are both bums. As Willy talking to his
Biff complains about Willy as a father, saying, “He’s got no character - Charley wouldn’t do this. Not in his own house - spewing out that vomit from his mind.” (Miller 56). Biff does not understand how his father has gotten to such a state of existence. Biff is also clearly frustrated, as even though he loves his father, he resents him for his emotional absence from Biff’s life, and compares him to other people that seem more stable on the outside, like Charley.
Biff thought and believed this to a point that he followed everything his dad said and is now struggling to find himself in life without the popularity. Bernard on the other hand thinks the complete opposite, he thinks that you need good grades to be successful. Bernard 's beliefs are cemented when Willy says, "Bernard can get the best marks, y 'understand, but…" This
A leading justification of why Linda presumes Biff has the ability to save Willy’s life is due to the two men’s prior relationship. Preceding Boston, Biff idolized his father who in return propped Biff on a pedestal. A direct correlation of Willy’s self-worth is matched with Biff’s success.
In Death of a Salesman, Linda is Willy’s loyal and loving wife, who always unconditionally supports Willy’s unrealistic American Dream and defends Willy against the criticisms of their sons. She criticizes that Biff should not wander from place to place any more because she and Willy are getting older and will leave this world one day. Biff replies to Linda’s statements, but he doesn’t mention Willy at all. Biff’s behavior makes Linda upset and angry; Linda tells Biff that he either respects his father or leaves home. When Linda tells Biff that Willy often mumbles to himself, Biff is ashamed of Willy’s irrational behavior.
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.
I always heard yelling and screaming from their house, and it was often an argument between all four members of their family. The constant arguing always led me to believe that Willy yelled at his family because of his experiences as a child, and it worried me about how it would affect Linda and the children. Furthermore, my preconceived notions especially intensified when Biff would disappear for months at a time. However, there was one loud argument that, oddly enough, made me realize that all the yelling and arguing were done out of love. During the altercation, Biff was trying to tell Willy the truth about the nature of situations he (Biff) found himself in over the last decade of his life.
In one scene, Biff admits to his father that “he is a dime a dozen”. This proves that Biff is aware of the fact that he has wasted his life chasing something that will never be. In his final conversation with his father, he attempts to make him see that he is a failure as well by saying “You were never anything put hard-working drummer who landed in the ash van lieke all the rest of thgem! I’m one dollar an hour, Willy!”. Willy, however, never admits the fact that his son and him are both losers.
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.
Biff wants to retake the class in the summer but when he catches his father having an affair his perception of his father, his biggest role model, is shattered causing him to give up on the things he used to want to do. Willy represses this memory entirely and tries to blame others for Biffs behavior instead of himself. Willy also fools himself into thinking he is well liked and successful. In small moments of clarity Willy admits that people have made fun of his physique and no one talks to him anymore when he goes
Willy encourages Biff to steal, cheat, and lie. For example, Willy says to Biff and Happy, “Boys! Go right over to where they’re building the apartment house and get some sand. We’re going to rebuild the entire front stoop right now!”(50;1). Mr. Loman wants to build his front porch by stealing the material.
Willy wanted to reach the “American Dream” through his financial success and business outward his perfect family. He had earned his respect from everyone including his peers. In this story the character Willy is suffering from a mental issue, which was related to his brother Ben, during the conversation he was reliving the moment in his mind since he was passed away. Biff had realized that his father was having extra material affair as well, so he iodized his father knowing because it was hard for him to believe what his father had done with his mother. Biff could not finish his school and considered a spit on them.
During a monologue, a long speech by a character that is directed towards another character. Biff confesses to Happy that he is conflicted and confused about what he wants. He cannot hold a job until he finds some happiness working as farm laborer. This arises tension and conflict between Biff and Willy. So much that Linda convinces Biff to please Willy once again.