Willy Rant In Death Of A Salesman

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What strikes you about this?
What strikes me about this is how deeply absorbed Willy is in his own delusional ideal of Biff. Although it is a pleasant thought to think that anyone’s life can turn out glorious no matter how old they are or how much time they have left, it is obvious that Biff’s time of glory is far over. He is no longer a boy; he is a man. His life lacks the promise it once held, with Bill Oliver not even remembering him. It is reminiscent of the previous scene from pages 106 to 113 where Willy argues without logic that Biff was a salesman and that Bill Oliver does want him. After all his son revealed in his rant that preceded this line and him crying, one would hope that the least Willy could take away from it is that the chances
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Firstly, I cannot help but to pity Biff. His father has set these impossible standards, and refuses to lower them. Biff has done everything to try and get his father to lower those standards, but yet his father has kept them. Willy holding his golden boy up on a pedestal over all these years has caused Biff to fall hard. In the scene right before this outtake, as he declares himself basically worthless and cries to his father, you can see the damage the expectations have caused. Nearly anything Biff did would make him feel inadequate due to the opinions of his father. Not to mention that, while expecting such unattainable perfection of his son, Willy has inflicted emotional damage on his son by cheating on Linda. Biff is damaged beyond the point of being able to achieve greatness, let alone the perfection that even up until his father’s death is expected of him. On the opposite side of the discussion, there is Happy. Right after this, Happy insists that his life is heading in a positive direction, that he is getting married. His father pays no attention to his claims. Prior to this, Happy also had proven himself to be at least moderately successful with a stable job and apartment. Nevertheless, this outtake continues to show that Willy just does not care. One of my least favorite traits of Willy’s is his lack of concern for his youngest son. Up until the end, he only hopes for Biff, only thinks about Biff, and only sees greatness for Biff. Previously, on page 115, Biff said that Happy did not “Give a good goddamn” about Willy. Although I disagree with Biff’s statement, if such were true it would be perfectly understandable. Happy has, throughout the flashbacks of the play, longed for his father to notice him, and always been pushed to the backburner. Up until the end, his father does not care. His father sees no hope for him because he is not Biff. It’s extremely aggravating, and I feel so sad
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