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In Death of a Salesman Miller presents the Lomans a family hindered by a dysfunctional nature Although Miller presents Willy as the main character of the story he lacks the praiseworthy traits that would make him the protagonist Instead his son Biff is heroic in that as an adolescent his father impresses faulty ideals upon him which he later discards in his search for his own identity Ultimately Biff does not succeed in his fathers eyes but he does finally realize his true identity and because of this deserves the role of protagonist in the play First Willy Loman is the overbearing but idolized father who sets the foundation for Biffs beliefs There are many aspects of this father-son relationship that lead to Biffs self-realization at the end of the play In his youth Biff respects and adores Willy because that is the nature of a young child Even though we later realize the error in Willys ways his intentions on teaching his son to succeed were purely honorable Willy supplies Biff with an ego because of his excessive praise consequently making Biff extremely conceited This praise helps Biff to develop pride in himself and his family and causes him to feel superior to his peers His fathers praise made him feel that he was too good for mediocre tasks and should not settle for them Biff erupted I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody131 Like any son Biff loved respected and praised his father his only mistake was adoptin g his fathers ideals as his own By holding Willy in such high regard Biff always saw himself as a superior In addition to Willys false ideals being adopted by Biff the fact that he held his father in such high regard exposed him to the painful truth In his discovery of failure a crestfallen and emotionally vulnerable Biff sought
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