Battle between Father and Son

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In most cases, it is considered normal for the father to be the head of the household. Providing and taking care of the family are some of his many duties. He could pass down his views on several things. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, this is not the case. The relationship between Willy Loman and his sons steadily changes throughout the play. As Willy Loman attempted to prepare his sons for life; he ultimately failed to enforce good qualities and skills because of his breakdowns to work, mental issues, and self-control. Willy tried his hardest, but was unfit as a father to Happy and Biff. One could attribute his role of being an unsuited father towards his sons from never really having a good connection with his family growing up. Willy failed as being a parent because of the struggles he faced with his own father. With issues among his father, he sought advice, affection and parenting skills from his brother Ben. His older sibling was a role model for how he wanted his life to go with his successes. According to Miller’s play Ben was a very rich man while he was alive. “Ben: Why, boys when I was seventeen, I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God, I was rich” (Miller 2128). Being an underpaid salesman Willy looked up to his older brothers' success as an example of what he wanted for himself. Envisioning that same success for both of his sons as a dream of what they could possibly obtain. In Miller’s views he looks up to his brother for advice on how to bring up his children. “Willy: Oh, Ben that’s good to hear! Because sometimes I’m afraid that I’m not teaching them the right kind of- Ben, how should I teach them” (Miller 2130). He mostly needed advice from someone that had it alrea... ... middle of paper ... ...for himself. In the play, he expresses: “He had all the wrong dreams. All, all, wrong.” While Happy thinks differently of his father states: All right, boy. Im gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It’s the only dream you can have to come out number-one-man. He fought it out here,and this is where im gonna win it for him” (Miller 2175). Shows how the two boys felt towards their father at the end of the story. Biff still believing he could have done better as a person even as a father. While Happy thinks that he was a great man and had a great dream. With the many issues of Willy Loman it is very evident he struggled with being a family man towards his sons. The relationship between Willy and his sons lead to his complete downfall. As Willy tried to prepare his sons for life he had many difficulties doing so.
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