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Biff And Happy In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, Linda’s speech suggests that no matter how much wealth or popularity someone has, everyone is still human and should be treated properly. When Biff and Happy are talking to Linda about Willy’s actions and his problems, Willy walks in and automatically starts treating Linda like crap. He interrupts Linda, cuts her off, ignores her and is rude in general but yet she does nothing about it. The only thing she does is get upset with Biff that he started arguing with Willy about the way he treats her. “What’d you have to start that for? You see how sweet he was as soon as you talked hopefully? Come up and say goodnight to him. Don’t let him go to bed that way “(48). She seemingly always feels bad for…show more content…
Linda only wants Willy to be treated the way he deserves to be treated, like the hard working, family man he is. In the beginning of the story, Linda and Willy discuss Biff and Happy being back home and Willy is confused on why Biff is back home when he is a fully capable adult and should be on his own just like his younger brother Happy. Linda assures Willy that Biff is just lost and trying to find himself but Willy does not agree at all. “Not finding yourself at the age of thirty-four is a disgrace”(5). From this, we can infer that Willy is acting the way that he is because his oldest grown boy has come home at the age of thirty-four. Biff has no job and is not working to make enough money to provide for himself. Biffs lack of success aggravates Willy because Willy has worked all his life to provide for himself and most importantly his family. Willy had lots of faith in Biff to be successful but is now to find out Biff cannot even provide for himself, let alone anyone else. With Willy’s mind being stuck on a “look good, feel good, do good” basis, it is hard for him to believe his own son is a “disgrace” within an all judgment
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