Biff and his Father Analytical Essay by Research Group

Biff and his Father
An examination of generational relationships between Biff and his father in Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman".
# 26615 | 1,387 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 11, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains how the character of Biff is a reflection of his father and carries on in his own life the same sorts of failures seen in his father. The writer provides a character sketch of Biff and his father, Willy Loman, and then examines how the characters interact to form their unique relationship.

From the Paper:

"It is Willy's wife who states that attention must be paid to the life of Willy Loman. She understands him and his problems, and she forgives his shortcomings. She is, after all, the one who has been most wronged by his behavior on the road and by his leaving her to handle the problems at home. In the end, Willy leaves a legacy behind in the form of his sons, and this is a mixed legacy. Happy accepts the American dream, and more specifically Willy's dream of success, while Biff finally rejects it and proves to be strong enough to face reality as his father never could. He has learned a lesson from the life of Willy Loman, and this is a lesson that others could learn as well if they paid closer attention to his life."

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