Biff And Happy In Death Of A Salesman

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The tragic play “Death Of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, is about a salesman named Willy Loman whose life is going downhill. Willy Loman, the head of the family, has been teaching his two sons Biff and Happy about how they should live their life. Biff was a football star at his high school and hoped that he would receive a scholarship from University of Virginia. Unfortunately, he flunked his math class and could not graduate. His other son, Happy is the youngest son who actually listens to Willy and his advices, but Willy appreciates Biff more than Happy as his son by favoring him more. Linda Loman, the wife of Willy is a tough woman who endlessly supports Willy throughout the play and always caring about him and the family which is ironic …show more content…
In the present time, Biff and Willy gets into arguments all the time, and it ruins their whole family relationship. Biff and Happy finds out that Willy has been living on commission and borrowing money from Charley to pay his bills. Linda yells at them for leaving Willy to follow their selfish dreams and tells Biff to either leave the house or respect his father. Biff decided to stay in New York to open his own business with Happy, so Willy gives him advices on what to do during the interview with Bill Oliver to ask for a loan. However, when Biff goes to visit Oliver, he notices that Oliver does not even recognize him. Willy wishes that he can become a successful salesman like Dave Singleman, a businessman Willy looks up to, but ultimately fails. Willy needed a job, so he visits Howard, son of Willy’s old boss, to ask for a job. Unfortunately, there was no positions left for him, but Willy keeps on begging; Howard becomes very annoyed and fired him. Since Willy realizes that his whole life is a failure and full of emptiness, he tries to commit suicide because he feels useless to his family. Willy thinks that when he dies, his family would get insurance money, which would help Biff have a better future and fix the mistakes he has …show more content…
Biff becomes angry and rages, so he decides to steal a fountain pen from Oliver’s office. Biff took the pen because the pen represents success and that’s something that Biff has never had. As he runs down the stairs with the pen in his hand, he stops and has an epiphany. “I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw─the sky. I saw the things that I love in this world,” (pg.132). The sky reveals who Biff really is because it represents his happiness and freedom. When he looks at the sky, he sees all the things he loves and all those moments involves him being free. He realizes that he does not need to be begging for a loan making a fool of himself when all he wants is to be outside in the countryside. At that moment, Biff realizes who he is and is not afraid to admit it. Biff tells Willy, “take that phony dream and burn it before something happens,” (pg. 133). This quote foreshadows Willy’s death. Biff finally admits that he is not as special as his father made him out to be and Willy is not that special either. Biff also realizes that you do not have to be special as long as you accept yourself, and soon, happiness will

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