Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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In "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, Biff Loman undergoes some changes that shape his understanding on reality. These changes come from seeing the truth about his father, Willy Loman. The acts of Willy Loman altered the way Biff Loman perceived not only the world, but his father. The false guidance Willy gave Biff also led to Biff not having the easiest life after high school. Biff 's concept that being well liked in society is what made you successful is shattered, when he ultimately finds out that his father is just the opposite. The reader can note in many flashbacks that Willy always seemed to favor Biff more than his other son. When he was younger Willy goes on about how popular Biff is and how he 'll make a great salesman. Willy tells Biff "The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead." Willy is telling Biff that a man with great social connections and social status gets more ahead than a man who isn 't "well liked." Even at a young age Biff is having it imprinted in his head that being popular will get you ahead of everyone, versus putting in hard work. Later on in the story it is revealed that this is in fact not this care for Biff. His childhood friend, Bernard, ends up being very successful and becoming a lawyer. Biff used to copy off of Bernard in school, and even made remarks but him not being well liked, yet Bernard has gotten further ahead than Biff has. Biff comes to the…
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