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The Importance of Biffs Role in Death of a Salesman The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller follows the life of Willy Loman a self-deluded salesman who lives in utter denial always seeking the American Dream and constantly falling grossly short of his mark The members of his immediate family Linda his wife and his two sons Biff and Happy support his role Of these supportive figures Biffs character holds the most importance as Biff lies at the center of Willys internal conflicts and dreams and Biff is the only one in the play who seems to achieve any growth Biffs role is essential to the play because he generates the focus of Willys conflict for the larger part his own conflict is strongly attributed to Willy and finally he is the only character who manages growth or a sense of closure in the play Willy is forever plagued by the fact that Biff has not gone anywhere in life Biff who is already in his thirties is still drifting from place to place job to job most recently work as a farmhand Biff is a source of endless frustration for Willy who always dreams of Biff being incredibly successful in the business world When Willy has memories of Biff as a boy he is completely obsessed with whether or not Biff is well-liked however he is completely oblivious to things like Biffs having stolen a football from school and the fact that Biff is failing his math class Be liked and you will never want says Willy1363 The amount of aggravation generated by Biffs lack of motivation and desire to be successful makes Biffs role extremely important The play also spends quite a bit of time focusing on Biffs own conflict which is basically his father In his youth he shared his fathers great aspirations for himself He was captain of the football team and had plans for
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