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Character Analysis Assignment All of the characters in the performance Death of a Salesman have special traits that are indicative of their personality and literary purpose in the piece Each serves a particular purpose and symbolizes distinct goals functions or qualities One by one the author places every character in a specific location to contrast or emphasize another characters shortcomings mistakes or areas of strength For example an author might place the dramas antagonist in many scenes with the protagonist This not only creates the plot but also makes the plot easier to understand In the same way Bernard a character in Death of a Salesman is placed next to Biff the protagonists son Biff is lost in a world created by his dazed father who instills in him a set of false values and eventually becomes a failure in his early age In spite of the fact that Bernard admires Biff and believes he is able to help him prosper Biff is unable to listen Bernard also interacts with the protagonist himself again showing the same traits that are indicative of his character Bernard who is a successful student and later a successful attorney is opposite the characteristics Biff is taught makes a man great Our first example of Bernards character is his interaction with Biff is in Act I when the reader infers Bernard is tutoring Biff Biff Listen Biff I heard MrBirnbaum say that if you dont start studyin math hes gonna flunk you and you wont graduate I heard him These initial statements spoken by Bernard are indicative to the reader of how helpful he tries to be to Biff He is among the only characters with a sense of reality the only character that tries to help Biff take concrete analytical steps to helping him succeed He understands the consequences of Biffs actions and tries to dissuade his directionless ambition towards a
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