Themes Of Father Son Relationship In Death Of A Salesman

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Opinions affect relationships. Biff and Willy Loman have a father-son relationship that alters constantly. Biff an unsuccessful vagabond carries resentment towards his father Wily because of an affair. His resentment changes to concern upon the discovery of his father’s mental instability. However, Willy an unsuccessful businessman resents Biff for not living up to his potential. In “Death Of A Salesman” Arthur Miller uses tone and characterizations to develop father-son relationships. Miller uses tone to develop a changing relationship between Willy Loman and His son Biff. Miller initiates Willy’s relationships with the introduction of flashbacks. These flashbacks reference the outstanding relationship WIlly had with Biff before Biff …show more content…
Furthermore, the tone establishes a positive and upbeat feel to the flashback that shows the healthy relationship Willy has with Biff and Happy. However, this representation is one of the past and differs from the present relationship Willy has with his boys. In the present Biff has come to understand Willy’s disposition with him and his inability to hold a job. Biff follows the life of a vagabond, as he cannot maintain employment and has no permanent residence. Furthermore, Biff failed to amount to anything after high school disgracing his father and tarnishing the Loman name. Willy believes Biff has dreams that undermine his potential therefore, willy resents Biff. This resentment results in arguments and verbal abuse from Willy, he states “Even your grandfather was better than a carpenter. You never grew up. Bernard does not whistle in the elevator I assure you” (214). Miller creates a harsh and dry tone through the use of words like “even” and “never”. This tone expresses WIlly’s distaste for Biff because of his lack of success and unprofessionalism. Furthermore, Willy has attempted to show Biff the values of professionalism and success through …show more content…
Willy struggles to comprehend the selfishness and absurd behavior that Biff displays by leaving willy during a time of need. After Willy terminates his employment at his sales firm and discovers Biff receives no help from his former boss Mr. Oliver, Willy has an outburst in the restaurant the boys have arranged to eat at. During the outburst, Biff and Happy leave the incoherent Willy in an attempt to raise their own spirits. furthermore, when Willy returns to reality he realizes his sons have left him, this deeply upsets willy and pushes him to near insanity. Biff starts to leave the family and during his exit willy explains “spite is the word of your undoing and when you’re down and out remember what did it. When you're rotting somewhere beside the railroad tracks remember, and don't you dare blame this on me!” (270). Miller creates a harsh and aggressive tone to express the extreme aggravation and pain Willy feels towards Biff. Willy struggles to understand his

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