Happy has not achieved the success he had hoped for at work, though he inflates his position to make himself look better. This leads Biff to change and become an angrier, solemn man. As we find out more about Biff and the deeper we go into the story, we see he was like a spark, bright and shining but only for the briefest of moments. You tell him something nice. He also talks to Happy as if he was talking to another side of himself. Everything revolves around his actions during the last 24 hours of his life.
We learn that he is 63 in Act One. The play presents the negative sides of the American Dream: the unsuccessfulness of a salesman who ends up poor, exhausted and suicidal. He has always been in the shadow of his father's expectations for him, beginning with his starred career as a high school football player and prospective college student. He is also the only member of his family who acknowledges his own failures in life. Early in the play, as he and Biff are going to sleep in the room they shared as children, the brothers talk about their sexual conquests.
For example, Biff truly believes he was a salesman for Oliver, rather than a shipping clerk. However, she is as responsible for his death as any of the other characters, as her encouragement fuels Willy in his doomed pursuit of glory. When he smiled at one of them their faces lit up. It is ironic because during high school Willy used to mock him for studying hard and always praised Biff for not studying at all. I am a dime a dozen, Pop, and so are you. At other times, Willy proudly recalls memories of Biff's last football game because it is more pleasant to re-create the past in which Biff adored him and wanted to score a touchdown in his name, rather than face the present where he is at odds with his own son. However, when we flash forward 16 years into the future, to where we first see Biff, we find out that he is no longer a confident, successful man.
The people at the funeral, who Willy is sure will be in attendance, will prove to his sons that he was respected and well liked. Happy: Say you got a lunch date with Oliver Tommorow. Despite his name, Happy Loman is a very unhappy young man. It is only when he confronts Oliver that Biff realizes how wrong he was. He is a compulsive thief, who has lost every job because of his stealing. Don't let Biff's tough-guy name deceive you.
Biff: Now you hit it on the nose! Happy Loman All of the anger and bitterness rankling in the other Death of a Salesman characters seem to have percolated within the heart of Happy Loman. There's nothing more inspiring or-beautiful than the sight of a new mare and colt. He tries to get Biff to embellish the story of his encounter with Bill Oliver, primarily to give Willy a reason to hope for a few more days. As we get to know Biff, we can see that he also serves to illuminate the character of his father, Willy. Later, when he and Biff meet Willy for dinner, Willy is emotionally overwrought.
The result is Willy's trademark behavior: contradictory, somewhat angry, and often obsessive. I was a shipping clerk. Rather than seeking success and money, he wants a basic life working on ranches. He also had good prospects for a college scholarship, but because he failed math, he was not able to graduate. Dad I was a shipping clerk. He claims to know who he is, but he really doesn't.
He is Willy Loman's son in the truest sense, emulating his father's pursuit of success through social contacts. Never had an ounce of respect for you. The conflict between social pressures and personal realities make up the central themes of the play. It is ironic because during high school Willy used to mock him for studying hard and always praised Biff for not studying at all. When Biff goes to Boston to find Willy and tell him that he has failed math, he makes an awful discovery about his father. Wier Applied Literary Arts 26 February 2013 Arthur Miller penned Death of a Salesman in an ever-changing period, the 1950s.
And whenever spring come to where I am, I suddenly get the feeling, my God, I am not getting anywhere! Biff bailed on summer school and the math credit. He was the star of the football team and had scholarships to 3 college's, but he flunked math and couldn't graduate, so he tried to work at many different jobs, and failed at each. Because Willy has an incorrigible inability to tell the truth, even to himself, and an unreasonable mode of thinking, he justifies his death by saying that his sacrifice will save his sons, particularly Biff; the insurance money they collect will be a tangible remembrance of Willy. Willy suffers from self-delusion and is obsessed with the desire to succeed. He loses his job, and slowly slips away mentally. First, they are subordinate to the men; second, they are emotionally or materially dependent; third, the men are mutually dependent on the women for emotional or physical needs; and fourth, they serve as male ego supporters. I saw the things that I love in this world.
After the Boston trip, Willy tries to regain the success he once had by focusing on memories or events prior to the discovery of the affair. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. He is an attractive man, even though he is a failure in life. The name Willy, which we realize is short for William, is a rather silly name. Even though he blames his father for his bad behavior, he admits that he has an ego problem.
I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw — the sky. Biff Vs Happy : Biff always seemed to hold Happy in a loving manner. This moment comes after Willy is fired from his job and after Biff fails to move forward with a business plan. Willy's character, emotions, motivations, and destiny are developed through his interactions with others. It is true that Biff is not a womanizer like his brother Happy, but he has incorporated Willy's tendency to exaggerate and manipulate reality in his favor. His dad is constantly riding him for not being successful. She is simply the traditional and concerned wife and mother, who struggles to make ends meet and keep her family, particularly Willy, happy.