Biff Loman And Willy's Relationship

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In the play “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Biff Loman goes through various changes. However unlike Willy, Biff feels forced to seek the truth about himself. When Biff used to be in high school, he was what Willy would called a “well- liked” man. Biff had a promising future after he graduated high school. However, things change when Biff discovered his father’s affair in Boston. Biff is now forced to embrace his new reality, and discover the man he is, and the man he wants to become. In the beginning of the play Biff is described as a “well-liked” man, because of his popularity in high school. Because Biff matched Willy’s ideal of being known and respected Willy never limited Biff in any way. When Biff started to lose interest in his academics, Willy did not say anything in return. Even when Biff stole a football from the school, Willy did not argue with Biff; instead Willy congratulated Biff’s initiative. As a result, Biff grew up to become an arrogant and spoiled young man. Biff looked upon Willy throughout his life. However, things changed when Biff discovered his father’s affair. Biff’s…show more content…
Biff started working on ranches in the West, but couldn't hold a job because he kept stealing from his bosses. However, when Biff came back to his family’s house, Willy sees Biff as an underachiever, while Biff sees himself as trapped in Willy’s grandiose fantasies. Biff had a new ideal of living. Biff foreshadows the idea that the American Dream is not every man's dream. Rather than seeking money and success, Biff wants a more basic life. He wants to buy a ranch, so that he can work on it. Biff wants to earn money, by working hard. Biff wants to be seen and loved for who he is. The fact that Biff shows interest in changing, and discover his true passion, shows the reader that unlike his father and brother, Biff is self-aware and values the truth. Biff is the only character in the play that shows a real personal
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