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In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willys distorted view of reality affects not only his view of success but also the views of his sons.

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In the play ?Death of a Salesman? by Arthur Miller, Willy?s distorted view of reality affects not only his view of success but also the view?s of his sons. Despite the fact that he works in a remedial position at work, Willy thinks he is some what of a legend in the sales market. Because he thinks he is so successful he places unrealistic expectations on his two sons, Biff and Happy. These expectations have severe negative implications on the lives of both Biff and Happy. As a child Biff idolized his father, but as he matured he realized how dishonest his father was and they grew apart. ...read more.


He's begging his father to allow him to measure his personal success in his own way: ?I?m not bringing home any prizes anymore and you?re going to stop waiting for me to bring them home!? (Act 2) As soon as Biff is released from his father?s fantasies he begins to excel in his own way and becomes happy in his own right. Happy, is blindly loyal to his father and desperately seeks his approval. He shares his father?s ability for delusion and exemplifies his father?s worst traits. Unlike, Biff he is unable to see the mistakes his father made and even after Willy?s death he tries to defend his father and cover the mistakes he made. ...read more.


So he is unhappy as Material things and lots of hook ups with random girls just don't seem to be the kind of success that Happy truly wants. Willy?s distorted views greatly affect his sons and how their lives play out. Happy essentially lives in the dream world created by his father?s lies and because of that not only does his future look bleak but it appears his life will closely mirror that of his father?s as he struggles to find happiness and success in his own right. Biff accepts his past and the mistakes he made, he escapes from the lies his father told and is finally able to be himself instead of trying to live up the the unrealistic expectations his father had placed and finally accomplish what truly matters, being successful and happy in his own eyes. ...read more.

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