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Death of a Salesman
Transcript of Death of a Salesman
The only work Biff truly enjoys
Willing to open a ranch with his brother, Happy, "The Loman Brothers, heh?" Biff -- A Businessman America's "Everyman" "Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it's a measly manner of existence...To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors..."
Willy Loman wants his son to aspire to be just like himself, a salesman
"Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, beggin fool of myself, when all I want is out there..." Biff -- A Son "I am not a leader of men, Willy...I'm one dollar an hour, Willy I tried seven states and couldn't raise it...I'm not bringing home any prizes any more, and you're going to stop waiting for me to bring them home!."
Willy doesn't believe that Biff could "find himself" on a farm, that it wasn't the proper life. Willy sees his son as a disgrace because Biff is thirty-four and isn't settled.
Biff believes that his father was best with his hands, and that being a farmhand would be following in those steps.
Biff Loman-- Who should he follow?
Conflicted between following his father
into the life of a salesman, or to follow his
own dream and start a ranch, where he truly
loves to be-"...outdoors with your shirt off." Theme: A family's desire for the American dream.