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In Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman two very different approaches to success and the American Dream were presented Willy Lowman presented one approach and Charley Willys neighbor showed the other Willys idea of a successful man was always of a well liked and personally attractive man He repeatedly remarked to his sons Biff and Happy that because they were popular and good-looking they would have bright futures He tells them to be liked and you will never want He never taught them that in order for anyone to be successful they must work hard When Bernard Charleys son tried to make Biff study math Willy told him to stop being an anemic because Biff was a big football star with scholarships to three universities which meant that they could not flunk him He even told Bernard to give him the answers As we find out later Biff does fail math and does not graduate He had an opportunity to go to summer school but did not take it because he found out about his fathers affair with a woman in Boston For the rest of his life Biff never accomplished anything He went from job to job Happy had a job but made it out to be more important than what it really was just as Willy had always done Willy Biff and Happy were always talking about what would happen in the future and they never put any thought and energy to making something of their lives in the present On the other hand Charley was a man of few words Charley never boasted about his accomplishments instead he actually worked hard He owned his own business and when Willy was not making a salary he gave him money Throughout the play we hear Willy boast about his sons but we never hear Charley talk about his son Bernard It is apparent from the way Bernard tried to make Biff study that
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