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Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman is a play about a character's American dream.Willy Loman, a salesman, believes he is someone he isn't because he wants to live his dream. The dream and Willy's family, eventually cause Willy to commit suicide.Willy lives with his wife Linda, and sons Biff and Happy.Biff, his oldest son, is the main character that drove Willy to taking his own life.Reasons for this are Biff's relationship with his father, the secrets between them, and how their outlooks on like are different.
First, Biff's relationship with Willy is very unsteady.They are always arguing or finding a way to get at one another's throats."…The closer you seem to come, the more shaky he gets, and then, by the time you get here, he's arguing, and he seems angry at you.I think it's just that maybe he can't bring himself to-to open up to you…"(54) Linda, Willy's wife, says this to Biff.Whenever Biff arrives home, him and Willy can never get along.They yell at one another instead of talking things over.This pushes Willy to suicide because he's more frustrated around Biff which cause his actions to be fierce.
Second, the secrets that Biff and Willy have cause Willy to commit suicide.When Willy was having the affair with the woman, Biff knew about it.Willy says "She's nothing to me, Biff.I was lonely, I was terribly lonely." (120) And Biff says, "You-you gave her Mama's stockings!"(121) Biff kept the affair and the stockings a secret from Linda because he knew it would cause her and the family a lot more trouble.This contributed to Willy's suicide because Willy couldn't look at Biff again without remembering the other woman.Other secrets that Biff shared with Willy were the things he stole.Biff told Willy how he was in jail for 3 years for stealing a suit.Biff also stole a pen and a football….

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