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Death of a Salesman

From a novel or play choose a character (not necessarily the protagonist) whose mind is pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires, ambitions, obligations, or influences. Then, in a well-organized essay, identify each of the two conflictin

Christopher Suever

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman Biff " Hap, I've had twenty or thirty different kinds of jobs since i left home before the war, and it always turns out the same...This farm I work on, it's spring there and now, see? and they've got about fifteen new colts. There's nothing more inspiring or-beautiful than the sight of a mare and new colt" Pg 11 Biff is torn between pleasing his father and becoming a salesman just like he is and moving out west and becoming the farming and cattleman that he wants to become Biff's Dream "Will you let me go, for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony deram and burn it before something happens?" pg 106 Willy "And i never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody! That's whose fault it is" pg 105 The American Dream The West and farming symbolize Biff's potential and his freedom that he can obtain by starting over new and starting something that he loves and wants to do. Unlike his father who is trapped in the failure of the American Dream, where his true love was working with his hands and building new things "I don't care what they think! They've laughed at Dad for years, and you know why? Because we dont't belong in this nuthouse of a city! We should be mixing cement on some open plain, or-or carpenters. A carpenter is allowed to whistle!" "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. Biff's dreams of being a farmer Biff does not want to be stuck in the same situation that his father in now, and he wants to do what he truely wants rather than his father who had a false dream of success and now that he is not obtaining it his in miserable.
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