Death of a Salesman - Wikipedia
“I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die As a child Biff saw everything in his father that his father wanted him to. The central conflict of the play is between Willy and his elder son Biff, who showed great promise as a young athlete and ladies' man, but in God Almighty, he'll be great yet. Related Characters: Biff Loman (speaker), Willy Loman, Charley. The Relationship Between Biff and Happy--The Loman Brothers Biff and Happy are the sons of Willy Loman, the main character of this drama play. They are all.
He is Willy's role model, although he is much older and has no real relationship with Willy, preferring to assert his superiority over his younger brother. He represents Willy's idea of the American Dream success story, and is shown coming by the Lomans' house while on business trips to share stories. Willy worked originally for Howard's father and claims to have suggested the name Howard for the newborn son. However, he sees Willy as a liability for the company and fires him, ignoring all the years that Willy has given to the company.
Howard is extremely proud of his wealth, which is manifested in his new wire recorder, and of his family. A waiter at the restaurant who seems to be friends or acquainted with Happy. A girl whom Happy picks up at the restaurant. She is very pretty and claims she was on several magazine covers.Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Characters
Happy lies to her, making himself and Biff look like they are important and successful. Happy claims that he attended West Point and that Biff is a star football player. Summary[ edit ] Willy Loman returns home exhausted after a business trip he has cancelled. Worried over Willy's state of mind and recent car accident, his wife Linda suggests that he ask his boss Howard Wagner to allow him to work in his home city so he will not have to travel.
Willy complains to Linda that their son, Biff, has yet to make good on his life. Despite Biff's promising showing as an athlete in high school, he failed in mathematics and was unable to enter a university.
Biff and his brother Happy, who is temporarily staying with Willy and Linda after Biff's unexpected return from the West, reminisce about their childhood together. They discuss their father's mental degeneration, which they have witnessed in the form of his constant indecisiveness and daydreaming about the boys' high school years.
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Willy walks in, angry that the two boys have never amounted to anything. In an effort to pacify their father, Biff and Happy tell their father that Biff plans to make a business proposition the next day.
The next day, Willy goes to ask his boss, Howard, for a job in town while Biff goes to make a business proposition, but both fail. Willy gets angry and ends up getting fired when the boss tells him he needs a rest and can no longer represent the company. Biff waits hours to see a former employer who does not remember him and turns him down.
Biff impulsively steals a fountain pen.
Willy then goes to the office of his neighbor Charley, where he runs into Charley's son Bernard now a successful lawyer ; Bernard tells him that Biff originally wanted to do well in summer schoolbut something happened in Boston when Biff went to visit his father that changed his mind.
Charley gives the now-unemployed Willy money to pay his life-insurance premium; Willy shocks Charley by remarking that ultimately, a man is "worth more dead than alive. Happy tries to get Biff to lie to their father.
Biff tries to tell him what happened as Willy gets angry and slips into a flashback of what happened in Boston the day Biff came to see him. Willy had been having an affair with a receptionist on one of his sales trips when Biff unexpectedly arrived at Willy's hotel room. A shocked Biff angrily confronted his father, calling him a liar and a fraud.
From that moment, Biff's views of his father changed and set Biff adrift. Biff leaves the restaurant in frustration, followed by Happy and two girls that Happy has picked up. They leave a confused and upset Willy behind in the restaurant.
When they later return home, their mother angrily confronts them for abandoning their father while Willy remains outside, talking to himself. Biff tries unsuccessfully to reconcile with Willy, but the discussion quickly escalates into another argument.
Biff conveys plainly to his father that he is not meant for anything great, insisting that both of them are simply ordinary men meant to lead ordinary lives. The feud reaches an apparent climax with Biff hugging Willy and crying as he tries to get Willy to let go of the unrealistic expectations.
Rather than listen to what Biff actually says, Willy appears to believe his son has forgiven him and will follow in his footsteps, and after Linda goes upstairs to bed despite her urging him to follow herlapses one final time into a hallucination, thinking he sees his long-dead brother Ben, whom Willy idolized. In Willy's mind, Ben approves of the scheme Willy has dreamed up to kill himself in order to give Biff his insurance policy money.
Willy exits the house. Biff and Linda cry out in despair as the sound of Willy's car blares up and fades out. The final scene takes place at Willy's funeral, which is attended only by his family, Charley and Bernard Bernard says nothing at the funeral, but in the stage directions, he is present.
The ambiguities of mixed and unaddressed emotions persist, particularly over whether Willy's choices or circumstances were obsolete.
At the funeral Biff retains his belief that he does not want to become a businessman like his father. Happy, on the other hand, chooses to follow in his father's footsteps, while Linda laments her husband's decision just before her final payment on the house. Themes[ edit ] Reality and Illusion[ edit ] Death of a Salesman uses flashbacks to present Willy's memory during the reality.
The more he indulges in the illusion, the harder it is for him to face reality. Biff is the only one who realizes that the whole family lived in the lies and tries to face the truth. Willy believes that the key to success is being well-liked, and his frequent flashbacks show that he measures happiness in terms of wealth and popularity.
Because of this, Willy thought that money would make him happy. And by God I was rich. Meaning that he can and cannot see at the same time, since his way of seeing or visualizing the future is completely wrong. Willy criticizes Charley and Bernard throughout the play, but it is not because he hates them. Rather, it's argued that he is jealous of the successes they have enjoyed, which is outside his standards.
As we come along to this point, we can see that through out the story, Willy seems to care more about his older son Biff that his younger son Happy.
We can see it through the time that all Willy talks about is his son Biff but Happy seems to be a oursider of this family that he is simply someone to give suggestions.
You can never find Willy asking Happy how was his day or any health comversation between them. But this isn't a problem to the relationship between Biff and Happy, because although Happy is always treated second place he still loves his brother very much. The only time when they have some argument is when Linda, their mom told them about Willy wanted to kill himself. Biff acted like it doesn't really bother him and that he know this was going to happen.
Happy knew that Biff is the only thing left on earth for his papa to live on.
So he insisted Biff to talk to their father and try to confinse him to talk his father out of this idea. At the end of the drama when Willy is died, Happy wanted to contiuned his father's busness but as to Biff he wouln't want to carry out the family line but to realize his own dream. This is where you find that Biff is really different from Happy. As to all this, the conclution is that Biff and Happy is a really blooded tied brother and they really do love each other.