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Death of a Salesman

"What the hell am I grabbing this thing for? Why am I trying to become something I don't wanna become when all I want is out there waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am?" -- Biff Loman
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Jordan Garvey

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman "What the hell am I grabbing this thing for? Why am I trying to become something I don't wanna become when all I want is out there waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am?" -- Biff Loman Conflicting forces Biff -- A Farmhand "This farm I work on, it's spring there now, see? And they've got about fifteen new colts. There's nothing more inspiring or-beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt."
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.
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