Biff Loman In Death Of a Salesman

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Finding Biff In the dramatic play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, there is an interesting mix of rounded and flat characters. Linda, the mother, and Happy, one of the sons, were among some of the flat characters in the story. Even though they were flat their reactions to the more rounded characters certainly had an effect. One of the most well rounded characters is Biff Loman. The character of Biff develops and grows immensely by searching his past and examining relationships with himself and others to find his true self. Although he had a poor view of himself, he felt in the end that he had done something very special when he realized who he really was. Miller puts Biff in a position to look at many of his most important relationships throughout the performance. The two most important relationships are Biff’s relationship with himself and his relationship with his father. Realizing his father is not as perfect as he believes him to be at such a formidable stage in his development deeply affects his view of himself. From an early age Biff was looked up to by his younger brother and boasted about by his father. In some ways this was helpful to him because he had very high self-esteem and was a confident young man. On the other hand, his father inflated his self-esteem so much and over looked many of the little faults in him that it gave him a false sense of invisibility. For example, when Biff stole a basketball from the locker room to practice with he knew it was wrong but he did it anyway. Then, when his father, Willy, found out he laughed at the theft and went on to say “he’s gotta practice with a regulation ball, doesn’t he? (To Biff) Coach’ll probably congratulate you on your initiative!” (Miller). This type of nonchalant reaction to something that is a serious offense makes Biff feel as though he had the right to take the ball; because he was the
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