Death Of A Salesman, By Arthur Miller

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Transference: Revealing True Thoughts
While reading Death of a Salesman, many readers become intrigued with the relationships of the Loman family. One relationship in particular is Willy and his son, Biff 's. In the play, Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman exemplifies the psychological theory of transference onto his son, Biff, because he is unable to accept his own reality. There is an underlying meaning to the behavior of these two characters. The topics of transference, communication, and how a parent 's infidelity affects their children show how this statement is proven to be true. Arthur Miller 's own life also contributes greatly to the father-son relationship within this literary work as well.
Transference is a large part of this play: it is a transference of Willy 's feelings of himself onto Biff. As defined by Psychiatrist Mark Dombeck:
Transference is a simple appearing idea that has to do with the way people understand one another and form relationships with one another. As its name suggests, it involves the idea of transferring something from one place to another. What is being transferred in this case is an understanding of a person. Where it is being transferred to is onto another person. When transference is occurring, basically what is happening is that we are trying to understand someone (usually someone we don 't know very well) by making an assumption that they are similar to someone else, and will thus feel and behave in…
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