Examples Of Father Son Relationship In Death Of A Salesman

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“There must always be a Struggle between father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.” - Samuel Johnson. This is especially true when is comes to the play “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. “Death of a Salesman” is about a man named Willy. Willy is a delusion salesman, that's has a caring wife and two sons, Biff and Happy. In “Death of a Salesman”, there is emphasis on father/son relationships. In many of the flashbacks you see the kids looking up Willy. However once they became older their opinions change about their father. Happy stops caring for this father because his never paid attention to him, while Biff lost respect for Willy. When Happy and Biff were kids, cared and respected their father. The first piece of evidence is “WILLY: That’s just what I mean. Bernard can get the best marks in school, y’understand, but when he gets out in the business…show more content…
Textual evidence for this is “Letta: Don't you want to tell your father-
Happy: No, that’s not my father. He’s just a guy.” This shows that he didn’t care about his father and just left him for a girl he just meet, without telling Willy. Another piece of textual evidence is “Linda: Where were you? Happy, trying to laugh it off: We met two girls, Mom, very fine types.” This Demstrights how Happy doesn’t care about his father and would rather spend time with two girls instead. Happy stopped caring for Willy, once he was an adult.
When happy and Biff were kids they actually cared and respected Willy. When Biff became older he stopped respecting Willy. Also as Happy aged he didn’t care about Willy anymore. The emphasis on the father/son relationship is very important to the play, even if the realshiption was rough towards the end. As you get older you shouldn’t stop caring for someone because you never know when they're going to be gone. Biff and Happy had to learn that the hard
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