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Death of a Salesman
Transcript of Death of a Salesman
Biff: "I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and the time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and I thought, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be . . . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am."
Linda: "Biff, a man is not a bird, to come and go with the springtime" ( Act 1, pg54)
"Willy: The Supreme Court! And he didn't even mention it!
Charley: He dont have to-- he's gonna do it
Willy: And you never told him what to do, did you? You never took any interest in him." (Act II, Pg.95)
Biff: "People ask where I am and what I'm doing, you don't know, and you don't care. That way it'll be off your mind and you can start brightening up again. All right? That clears it, doesn't it? You gonna wish me luck scout? What do you say?
Death of a Salesman
Here, Biff frees himself from Willys expectations of him. Biff comes to realize that he’s not like his father or brother and he shouldn’t keep trying to be. He comes to realize that he’s different, he needs to go out there and grow independent doing the things he loves.
In this quote, Linda is talking to Biff about his homecoming. She is telling him that he just can’t come and go wherever, whenever, so clueless with what he’s doing. He needs to mature and settle down somewhere.
From this quote, you come to realize that Bernard never really got told what to do with his future and matured independently with making the right decisions in life.
At this point, Biff is exhausted of trying to hit Willys expectations of him. He wants to leave to live his life the way he wants to without having all this pressure from Willy. He tells them to just forget about him because to them and everyone else, he was a failure.
In conclusion, in order to grow, it is important for people to grow independent of their parents. Biff was a major part of this presentation because his interests didn’t align with Willys expectations of him which made him need to grow independent from his parents so he can live his life on his own terms.