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Death of a Salesman

1999 outline
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Tim Luke

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman Opening Paragraph
Biff Loman has aspirations of leading a life where he can work with his hands, and not sit in an office all day. However Biff is influencecd by Willy (his father) to be a businessman like himself. It only takes Biff a short time to realize business is not for him and to follow his ambitions. Biff's decision to leave his father's house ultimately led to Willy's suicide . Paragraph 1
Biff Loman aspires to lead an honest life working with his hands. Biff doesn't want to make a lot of money to be happy. He just wants to do something that he enjoys. He wanted to work on a ranch, but Willy's financial position left him obligated to help him out.
Paragraph 2
Willy Loman was constantly influencing Biff's life. Biff cared for his father, but when he found out Willy was having an affair he decided he didn't want to go to summer school. The fact that Willy was cheating on his mother made him just want to get out. Near the conclusion of the play Biff says to Willy "And i never got anywhere becasue you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody! That's whose fault it is!" Willy made Biff so angry he could never let anyone tell him what to do because he was sick of Willy telling him what to do. Paragraph 3 "The Connection"
Biff's aspirations and Willy's influence collided negatively during the play. Willy always thought that if Biff became a rancher he would go nowhere, but BIff was okay with being a nobody. He told his father that being a salesman was Wiilly's dream, not his. And he was going to leave the next morning. This was significant because Biff was leaving Willy's influence. This moment spurred something in Willy which led him to believe that the twenty thousand dollar insurance check would help Biff fufill his desires. Which led to his suicide.
Conclusion
Many people attempt to draw people
away from their aspirations using their
influence. In many cases this can be a good
thing, however it can also affect people
negatively. This was the case with Willy
trying to influence Biff.
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