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Similarities Between Willy and Biff in Death of a SalesmanArthur Millers Death of a Salesman is the tragic story of Willy Loman whos life is a continuous torture He feels as if he had failed in achieving anything for himself or his family One of his dreams was to become a successful salesman but instead he supports his family with the loans he receives from his friend because his job earns him nothing He lives with his wife Linda and his two sons Biff and Happy Biff was another dream of Willys Biff was to be a professional football player but he gave up his efforts in life after catching his father cheating on Linda When Willy realizes the results of his adulterous actions he commits suicide Willy and Biff are very similar in that they both had no positive role models both feel that success is more important than enjoyment and both had dreams taken away from themThe first way in which Biff and Willy is their lack of a positive role models Willys father left him when he was a baby and never had anyone to guide him through life In effect this left Biff with no positive role model Willy had never received good influential parenting and never learned how to positively influence Biff All of the good advice Biff received from Willy is shattered when he learns of his fathers adulterous relationship He says You fake You phony little fake to Willy indicating that everything Willy had told him is disregarded Biff feels disillusioned by his role model and believes that everything he learned about life from his father is meaningless and he gives up on life Another way in which Willy and Biff are similar is their idea that success is more important than enjoyment Willy is shown to have a great interest in gardening and carpentry but he insists on being a salesman He believes that respect is only
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