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In many literary works family relationships are the key to the plot Through a familys interaction with one another the reader is able decipher the conflicts of the story Within a literary family various characters play different roles in each others lives These are usually people that are emotionally and physically connected in one way or another They can be brother and sister mother and daughter or in this case father and son In the Arthur Millers novel Death of A Salesman the interaction between Willy Loman and his sons Happy and Biff allows Miller to comment on father-son relationships and the conflicts that arise from them During most father-son relationships there are certain times where the father wants to become more of a player in his sons life than his son believes is necessary The reasons for this are numerous and can be demonstrated in different ways Miller is able to give an example of this behavior through the actions of Willy Loman When Biff comes home to recollect himself Willy perceives it as failure Since Willy desperately wants his oldest son Biff to succeed in every way possible he tries to take matters into his own hands Ill get him a job selling He could be big in no time 16 The reason that Biff came home is to find out what he wants in life Because Willy gets in the way matters become more complicated Partly due to Willys persistence in Biffs life they have conflicting ideas as to what the American dream is Willy believes that working on the road by selling is the greatest job a man could have 81 Biff however feels the most inspiring job a man could have is working outdoors 22 When their two dreams collide it becomes frustrating to Willy because he believes that his way is the right way If a father becomes too involved in his sons life Miller believes friction will be
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