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Arthur Millers The Death of a Salesman The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller was written in 1949 Millers purpose of the play was to convey mans incapability to except change within himself and society and to address the main characters loss of individuality Arthur Millers play has been widely recognized as a milestone in the history of American theater Showing the relationships between characters and in turn the impact they make on the outcome of the play was one main objective that the author accomplishes In Arthur Millers The Death of a Salesman the main characters emotions and destiny are influenced by the other characters in the play Willy Loman the main character in The Death of a Salesman and the head of the Loman household was influenced by several characters in the play Out of the characters that influenced Willy the most the prevailing one was his oldest son Biff For the last 15 years after finding out about his fathers affair Biff has been at odds with his father During the 15 years of alienation from his father Biff hasnt been able to hold a steady job and dislikes his father resentfully The affect that Biff has on his fathers emotions is traumatic Before Biff was aware of the affair that was going on between his father and the other woman Willy was able to find the praise that he needed through his son However after Biff found out about his fathers betrayal he sees his father as a fake and no longer believes in his fathers philosophy Willy is unable to deal with the fact that he has become a failure in Biffs eyes and relies on the past as a back support Biffs words and actions in the present affect his father but his father refuses to accept that his son thinks of him as a failure so Willy relies on the memories of his sons admiration for
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