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"Willy is a good father and husband. Do you agree?"

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"Willy is a good father and husband. Do you agree?" In some respects Willy is both a good father and husband. Most of Willy's good points as a father can be seen using flashbacks within the play in his past and thinks about the things he did with Biff and Happy in Act One. He encourages and supports his children, Willy -"That's it, that's it, good work. You're doin' all right, Hap." He also takes an interest in them and their lives, Willy-[Examines the ball] "Where'd you get a new ball?" This shows the audience he wants his children to do well and is concerned about their lives. He also, in the past, maintained a good relationship with his children and this is shown in the fact he was missed while away, Biff-"Where'd you go this time, Dad? Gee we were lonesome for you." The boys not only idolise him and look up to him but also mimic him, Biff- "He's likes, but he's not well liked." This is an example of Biff copying Willy not only in his speech but also in his way of thinking. Willy also tells his boys the right things to do in life and when Biff "borrows" a ball he tells him, Willy-"I want you to return that." ...read more.


Willy also puts too much emphasis on being liked and looking good to succeed in the world to Biff and Happy. Willy-"Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want." He imposes his idea of the American dream upon his sons and this is in fact not true. He puts down Bernard, Charley's son who tries to help Biff with his work, Willy-"Bernard can get the best marks in school, y'understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y'understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him." This, as we see later on in the play is simply not true. Biff is a middle aged man with the maturity of a teenager and simply doesn't know what he wants and Happy is living the life his dad wanted him to but doesn't enjoy it. Willy had attributed greatly to this. Willy also puts his children down and is not supportive of them, especially Biff. As we see at the start of Act One, Willy-"Biff is a lazy bum!" He doesn't give him any support and only suggests he should be a business man, achieving his dream, but in reality Biff, Willy and Happy could be closer to this dream if only they did what they were good at. ...read more.


As mentioned with good points above Willy also has bad points as a role of a rather his lies and suicide attempts are made with good intentions but have the adverse affect. Willy is also unfaithful to Linda and various clues are made to this with the sound effect of a woman's laughter throughout Act One until a flashback is seen, The Woman-"Sure thing. You do make me laugh. It's good for me. [She squeezes his arm, kisses him.]" His duty, as a husband to Linda, is to be faithful and it is clear to the audience he isn't. To conclude Will Loman has good and also bad points as a father and husband. As a father he is supportive of his children and also wants what is best for them. However, this is clouded by the American Dream and also of his priorities in life. As a husband Willy has gained his wife's respect, tries to shield her from his mistakes and won't let her go without but, in trying to do some of these things he is also being a bad husband to. Lying to Linda and his suicide attempts are done with good intentions but will end up turning the situation worse. His unfaithfulness also means he has failed as his duty of a husband. Laura Williams ...read more.

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