As someone grows up, sometimes people grow up to act like their parents. A good example of this is found in the novel called Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller. In the book, there is a character named Willy and his son named Biff. They both hate each other because they see themselves in each other. There are three traits that they don’t like, the fact that they are both bums, they hate the city and they what a farm, but they can’t. 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 …show more content…
Willy shares his thoughts about the city by saying, “I don’t want change!" and has he open the window, “the way they boxed us in here" he continued saying," they should've had a law against apartment houses"(17). These quotes show that Willy does not like the tall buildings and the fact that the nature being overrun by buildings. Though he might want to go away from it, he can't, the reason for this is that he has a lot of bills to pay off and there is not enough to move out. Biff talking to Linda furiously," I hate this city and I’ll stay here"(58). In Death of a Salesman, as Happy, Linda and Biff were talking to each other, Biff says," They've laugh at Dad for years, and you know why? Because we don't belong in this nuthouse of a city! We should be mixing cement on some open plain"(61). These two quotes show that, like Willy, Biff also does not like how the city is closing in on them. Biff also wants to go away from it from it all, but he too does not have the money to go where they want to go. This is one way that they hate each other, but them hating that both have the same dream is another way they hate each
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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.
It appears that the main individuals who want to help Willy, are the individuals who he minimum listens to. Actually the two best impacts on Willy originate from the same crew. Bernard grew up with Biff and Cheerful however picked an entirely different way. At a key time in Biff's life, Bernard cautions " If he doesn't buckle down he'll flunk"(40). In this scene Bernard is attempting to tell Willy that he is imparting the wrong values in his children who are bound for disappointment.
Although Willy was never able to see Biff's perspective since he continued to push him to work as a businessman, if he had listened to Linda to understand Biff's point of view, their relationship would have mended, but rather they continued to quarrel. Taking part in a relationship implies striving to understand another's perspective through listening and communicating with them. As expressed in Fences and Death of a Salesman, these are important to ensure a healthy
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).
His mood swings cause him to constantly change his opinion, so nothing can ever be good enough for Willy. He could be perfectly content with life one moment then despising it the next. There is no way for Willy to ever be perfectly happy. Linda loves Willy more than anything, yet he has an affair anyway. Biff comes home after finally finding work that he enjoys out west, but Willy still bashes his son for not being the all-American football star like his father wanted him to be.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
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.
To begin with, Biff says, “When he’d come home from a trip ; or on Sundays, making the stoop, finishing the cellar; putting on the new porch; when he built the extra bathroom; and put up the garage.... There’s a lot more of him in that front stoop theen in all the sales he ever made” (Miller 110). This shows that Biff values Willy putting the hard work in to support his family, then the amount of money he ever made as a salesman. This is the direct opposite that values of obtaining wealth without putting in the hard work that Willy so valiantly stood by and shows the immense rift that has been formed between Biff and his father. On top of that, Biff then outright says, “ He had the wrong dreams.
Biff, a consequence of Willy, attempts to bring Willy out of his fantasies and his see the realities of his life, but in the end fails to. The two are different in their ideas, demeanors and personas, yet have some akin characteristics. Willy and Biff’s physical traits are different. At what point, Willy tells his wife Linda, “I’m fat. I’m very foolish to look at, Linda.”
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.
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.
Without knowing, Biff Loman had responsible man inside of him stand up. Biff knew that he could not be around his father because it ultimately ends up hurting both Biff and Willy and everyone around them. Biff knew he needed to leave but he wanted to leave differently than he had in the past. He wanted to leave on a good note. “Pop, get this now, will you?
“Biff, after he has discovered his identity, is able to speak forcibly and in simple language which round like everyday speech, though it is of course, full of the devices of rhetoric. It is interesting moving speech, his emotion is dumb, and so is Willy’s response. “Happy and Howard need only a superficial language because they are using speech as a sort of provocative shell. Charley also is keeping emotion at arm’s length, but he expresses himself with a crisp, wise-cracking force. ‘Can’t we do something about the walls?’
From Father to Tragic Hero A tragic hero is someone who experiences successes and failures that eventually lead to their downfall. In Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, Miller uses Willy Loman as a depressed and confused main character. He also leaves the question of whether or not Willy Loman a tragic hero up in the air. Miller uses the hopes and dreams of Willy Loman and turns them into failures to portray him as a tragic hero.