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First impressions of Biff and Happy as adults -  What can you see in their adolescence that helped to form the adults they’ve become?

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First Impressions of Biff and Happy as Adults. What Can You See in Their Adolescence That Helped to Form the Adults They've Become? Having already read a small proportion of Death of a Salesman it is evident to see that Willy now lives his life through his sons now, due to Willy's lack of success. However Willy longs for his sons, especially Biff, to follow in his own career path. Yet Willy has become discontented with Biff's lack of success. "Biff Loman is lost. A young man with such-personal attractiveness, gets lost." Here I feel Willy is not only reflecting on Biff's life, but his own failures in life, and becoming ever increasingly worried that Biff many end up like himself, a failure. ...read more.

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It is evident that Biff always wants to please his father, and he realises that the only way to achieve that is to become a high earning sales man, the dream his father has longed for in his own life. Willy sees Biff as an underachiever, while Biff sees himself as trapped in Willy's ambitious fantasies. He wants to remember Biff as the bright hope for the future. However, during Willy's fantasy we find that Willy does nothing to deter young Biff's compulsive thieving habit. In fact, he encourages it by laughing at Biff's theft of the football. As an adult, Biff has never held a steady job, and his regular stealing from employers seems to be the reason for this failing. ...read more.

Conclusion

He does not possess a hint of the latent thirst for knowledge that proves Biff's salvation. Happy is a destined to be swallowed up by the force of ambition that fuels his insatiable sex drive. Willy's relationship with Happy is less than perfect and it is evident that he favours Biff. Happy tries several times to gain Willy's attention and approval but fails. I feel that Happy's adult life clearly bears the marks of this favouritism as he doesn't express resentment toward Biff; rather, he re-creates the behaviour of the high-school-aged Biff by sleeping with many women as a way of revenge on his work colleagues. Due to the fact that in the past, Willy showed great admiration for Biff's success with the girls and his ability to get away with theft. So as an adult, Happy competes with more successful men by sleeping with their women-he thus performs a sort of theft and achieves sexual greatness. ...read more.

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