Consequences Of Willy Loman In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Death of a Salesman could be taken from two point of views, with Biff being done nothing wrong and Willy causing everything bad to ever happen to his son; another view that shows Willy’s efforts to help Biff, but results as a burden for his family. One could simply look upon this play and feel nothing goes right either from the consequences of Biff’s bad habits, or Willy’s lies that set every mood and problem within the play. We will see both view points on who’s in the right or the wrong from Biff being the good one and Willy the trouble maker and Willy being the supportive father doing all he can and Biff being just stubborn and lazy. One side of the story about Biff, is how Willy after years of raising him to become someone great, to be …show more content…
Willy was the one that wanted everything for Biff, no matter the package that came with it. He allowed Biff to do whatever he wanted without any type of discipline, like when Biff stole the football he made the excuse of “Sure, he’s gotta practice with a regulation ball doesn’t he? Coach’ll probably congratulate you on your initiative,” (Death 1.3.). No type of direction on how to act properly in professional circumstances or knowing the difference from right and wrong, Biff was lead for failure from how Willy let him run wild. Willy also killed all hope of what Biff saw in his dad. As we can see in Death of a Salesman, Biff’s discovery that his father has a mistress strips him of his faith in Willy and his ambitions for him. As we can see with his argument with his mom, he states, “…I know he’s a fake and he doesn’t like anybody around who knows!” (Death 1.1.) Biff needs to find who he really is on his own, rather than spending his life with a father who lives in a fantasy where he is all Mr. Big when really he can barely make enough to support the expenses of the household (Death …show more content…
Neither one of them have done the best for themselves, they both ended up failures in the eyes of others in their lives. Willy stated, “Someday I’ll have my own business, and I’ll never have to leave home anymore,” but continued working and traveling until the age of 63 (Death 1.1.). Biff was immersed of the American dream that his father planted inside of him, but he couldn’t pass a high school class, found out his dad was a fake after many years believing he was as great as the successful Uncle Charley, and ends up a “bum” in the words and mind of both parents Willy and Linda (Death 1.1.). Both have done wrong and nothing to put them in a position to be on a great scale on a social status. Whether we say Willy was the protagonist and Biff was the antagonist, or vice versa, both of their lives ended up not what either of them

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