The Role Of Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman Essay

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The Role of the Father
There is an old saying that goes, "like father, like son." This describes the passing down of personality traits from generation to generation (in this case, father to son) in such a way that the mannerisms of a son almost directly mimic the mannerisms of his father. It is common that most children unknowingly inherit some of their parents ' idiosyncrasies, but it is not always clear why. In Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman, the character of Biff, although he is reluctant to admit it, shares many emotional characteristics with his father, Willy. This may be due to the fact that both men have similar relations with and feelings about their fathers, whom they both resented and, at the same time, aimed to please. This causes them to be constantly outraged at each other for different reasons, Biff because he thinks that his father is a fraud and never wants to be that way, and Willy because he senses a lack of forgiveness in Biff and only wants Biff to look up to him. Biff and Willy have such similar upbringings and like temperaments that it causes each to resent the other, eventually ending in a hopeless resolution that reflects on the equally similar love that they shared for one another.
Even though Willy 's father is only briefly mentioned in the play, when one looks at the relationship between Willy and his father, one can make a comparison to Biff 's relationship with Willy. Willy 's father was never present and left when Willy was remarkably…

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