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David Stankunas 32899 per 5 AP English Death of a Salesman topic - 1 Son of a Salesman A father is an important role model in a young mans life perhaps the most important A father must guide his children support them teach them and most importantly love them In the play Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller an aging salesman of 63 Willy Loman worked all his life for his children Happy and especially Biff his two sons where his pride and joy and his reason for living Willy tried as hard as he possibly could to provide for them to support them to mold them into men but he failed Willys greatest fault perhaps was his inability to see his sons for what they really were Biff and Happy were never destined to be great men yet Willy always believed in them Although Willys hope is touching it is also foolish Willy Lomans blind faith in his son Biffs abilities destroyed Biffs sense of moderation and modesty Despite Biffs obvious incompetence and mediocrity Willy vehemently refused to accept his sons failure to make the grade Biff stole himself out of every good job since high school 131 yet Willy cannot accept that his son is a dime a dozen and declares that Biff is merely failing to spite him I want you to knowwhere ever you go that you cut down your life for spite 129 By blaming Biff for his problems Willy clears himself of all guilt Willy cannot realize that it was his ineptitude as a father that created Biffs character If Willy was a little more aware of his sons situation his true character Biff may have realized sooner that he was not a leader of men When asked whose fault it is that he never accomplished anything Biff answered I never got anywhere because you Willy blew me so full of hot air I
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