Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Many families suffer from dysfunctions. In the Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, you have a dysfunctional family, Willy thinks he is an advanced salesmen getting cheated out of an amazing opportunity in New York, Linda believes her husband Willy is mentally sane and that he just has bad luck, Happy says he’s a salesmen when he has been keeping his real work hidden from his family, and Biff has been bouncing around from job to job down west. Willy, Linda, Biff, and Happy use self-deception as a means to mentally escape the reality of their lives. Biff is the only character who becomes self-aware by the end of the play. Biff is the only one who realizes that he and his family have been living a huge lie and when he tries to …show more content…
This meeting is thought to be a great chance for Biff to obtain a loan that will help him start his dream business.” (Enotes) This is the scene where everything is destroyed for the Loman family. “We learn that the meeting never takes place; Bill Oliver does not even remember Biff, making Biff realize that he was merely a shipping clerk for Oliver, and not a salesmen, like Willy had convinced him to believe for years.” (Enotes) This was Biff’s actual realization that his entire life was a complete lie. “The anger that Biff develops after realizing that his life has been a mere fragment of Willy’s imagination makes him want to confront his father at the restaurant. This, he does in aims that Willy would stop, for once and for all, creating fantasies about Biff in Biff’s own head.” (Enotes) This is what happens to Willy after the truth is finally brought to his attention. There are many resources that clearly state that Biff was the only one to come to grips with reality. He is the only one who cares about his real life. He throws his false identity away for the truth. “In this scene we can see that Biff expresses his emotion towards the type of lifestyle he has been living. Biff has finally realized that he has been living a deceptive life which was instigated by his father Willy Loman. We see that Biff rises above the low level he has been living by accepting the truth and
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