Biff is also the only character that acts as a reminder that the american dream is not an every man's dream bernard has become a successful lawyer as his father charley, willy and happy try to pretend they have too, but biff is the only one who surrenders to his destiny. Willy instructs his sons that being well-liked is the route to success, but his definition of success is not merely conventional he doesn't just want to sell. Death of a salesman addresses loss of identity and a man's inability to accept change within himself and society the play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of willy loman's life. Willy never knew his place in society and once he commits suicide at the end of the play his own son, biff says he never knew who he was and thinks that he should have become a builder instead because it would have been his proper place in the world and he would have been truly happy there. Death of a salesman opens with willy loman returning to his new york home during the night hearing him enter, linda, his wife, is concerned and gets out of bed to greet him hearing him enter, linda, his wife, is concerned and gets out of bed to greet him.
Biff and happy's futures when they were small all depended on the way they were brought up willy was the only one with any say in the way the kids were brought up linda went along with whatever willy said. In death of a salesman, arthur miller masterfully illustrates the mindset of the play's disillusioned, turbulent characters although willy loman, a mediocre salesman for the wagner company, is the salesman of the title it is his son, biff, who provides the conflict which drives the play forward. The 'american dream' is one of the key themes in arthur miller's 'death of a salesman' explore how the characters willy, ben, and biff define that dream.
Willy loman a sixty year old salesman living in brooklyn, willy loman is a gregarious, mercurial man with powerful aspirations to success however, after thirty-five years working as a traveling salesman throughout new england, willy loman feels defeated by his lack of success and difficult family life. Willy, after all, is a salesman, and biff's ego-crushing rebuff ultimately reflects willy's inability to sell him on the american dream—the product in which willy himself believes most faithfully willy assumes that biff's betrayal stems from biff's discovery of willy's affair with the woman—a betrayal of linda's love. The audience also learns that news of ben's death has recently reached willy, putting to an end any hopes willy might have had of reconnecting with his family or of learning ben's secret to success willy's grip on reality slips further from his grasp as the past slips further from reality. After all of willy's big ideas and woven dreams, nothing is left behind since this is a play, getting to know who the characters are, the flashback scenes and timeline was confusing to me i got the idea of the story, what it was trying to convey and everything else.
The only thing that makes willy happy is the idea of biff's success linda when you write you're coming, he's all smiles, and talks about the future and-he's just wonderful and then the closer you seem to come, the ore shaky he gets, and then by the time you get here he's arguing, and he seems angry at you. Death of a salesman topic tracking: failure act 1, part 1 failure 1: willy's entire life is a succession of missed opportunities and misinformation, and he considers himself a failure because of it. Willy tells young biff and happy why he will be bigger than charley willy's main idea about success in business is expressed here willy puts too much focus on being liked and his self image. A well done version of death of a salesman will make the audience feel bad about willy dying likewise a poorly done rendition of the play will make the audience feel that willy deserved to die though, the idea that one of these versions is good and the other is bad is an opinion.
Willy liked the idea that dave could pick up the phone and be remembered and loved by so many different people the combination of dave singleman's popularity and ben loman's success is what willy thinks his father's dream was for him. Willy's life is marked by failure, and an almost stubborn attachment to the idea of striking it big willy's life is ended by his own hands, the result of a broken dream that lead to a broken spirit in many senses willy represents the idea of the everyman, the average working class man trying to get ahead, this is reflected in his attachment. Every man dreams great things for themselves and their family in death of a salesman, by arthur miller, willy loman is no exception he was a salesman with two boys and a loving wife he was a man with pride and had a dream of success many people would consider willy loman a successful man he.
The idea of the american dream is another main theme of death of a salesman willy's version of the american dream is different from biff's, for example, and the differences in their respective views of this dream negatively affect their relationship. Willy believes and makes biff believe that any one so confident, so gorgeous is certain to attain success in life however, at one stage, there relationship collapsed but willy bears a good opinion regarding biff and always believes that biff has the ability to develop a business of his own. Death of a salesman was written by arthur miller in 1949 the play earned him success and a prominent place in theater history it is a popular production for school, community, and professional theater companies and is considered one of the essential modern plays that everyone should see. Death of a salesman willys life is an illusion death of a salesman: willy's life is an illusion charley says something in arthur miller's death of a salesman that sums.
Willy blurts out that he became fired bowled over, biff again tries to let willy down without problems glad cuts in with feedback suggesting biff's success, and willy eagerly awaits the good news. Biff tells willy in their final fight of the play, i am not a leader of men, willy, and neither are you (132) this seemingly simple yet incredibly profound statement shows biff's departure. Death of a salesman is the story of willy loman and his obsession with personal attractiveness, financial success and popularity as the most important traits in life, and the ones most likely to lead to his vision of what success is. Biff is close to flunking the subject, and willy orders biff to study, but is quickly distracted and impressed by the university of virginia logo biff has printed on his sneakers willy reasons that with scholarships to three universities, biff can't fail.