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What Willy taught his children Willy Loman essentially instills in his children--Biff and Happy--the importance of outside appearance of personality winning the day In one of Lomans flashback memories when he is talking to his kids Biff and Happy he says Thats just what I mean Bernard can get the best mark in school yunderstand but when he gets out in the business world yunderstand you are going to be five times ahead of him Thats why I thank Almighty God youre both built like Adonises Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world the man who creates personal interest is the man who gets ahead Be liked and you will never want Willy tells his children that appearances are more important than talent he does so by contrasting the studious Bernard--who he says will never be successful--with his sons who are well built especially Biff--a football player He tells them that success in life is a product of being well-liked of having a good appearance and charisma not of being intelligent Thus we see his son Biff take these words to heart and not study math he flunks the class while Happy continually brags that he is losing weight again focusing on the outward appearance It is clear that Willy Loman portrays his values to his children and that they have a major effect on Biff and Happy Importance of Ben Although the scenes of Ben in Millers Death of a Salesman are filtered through the fantasies of Willy Loman they are subject to his changing of the truth Ben--Willys brother--is clearly someone who Willy respects and envies Willy says Why didnt I go to Alaska with my brother Ben that time Ben That man was a genius that man was success incarnate What a mistake He begged me to go Bens success to Willy Loman is an ultimate goal Ben represents the highest amount of success
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