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Comparative Essay: View Of Success Between Biff And Willy Loman

817 words - 3 pages

Success can be described as the accomplishment of an aim or
purpose. To achieve success, one must understand the skills required
and the personalities that must be represented. In Arthur Millers,
“Death of a Salesman”, Willy Loman is presented as a character whom
does not believe success is based on skills, meanwhile his son, Biff
Loman thinks differently. Although Willy and Biff have similar beliefs
on success, it is their attitude towards success that significantly sets
them apart as Willy believes that success means making a substantial
amount of money, meanwhile Biff believes that it is attained when
you are happy with what you do.

Willy and Biff have different philosophies on how to reach
success, as Willy believes personality overpowers skills while Biff
believes the opposite. Willy consistently shows evidence of why he
believes personality will ultimately lead to success as he mentions
that to be successful you must be well liked. Willy exclaims, “I’ll see him in the
morning, I’ll have a nice talk with him. I’ll get him a job selling. He could be big
in no time” (Miller 16). In Willy’s mindset, it is visible that success can be
achieved very easily.
In contrast, Biff shows how you need to be skilled in order to
achieve success, which he portrays in the requiem. As Biff converses
with Charley he states:

There are a lot of nice days. When he’d come home from a trip; or
on Sundays, making the stoop; finishing the cellar; putting on the
new porch; when he built the extra bathroom; and put up the
garage. You know something, Charley, there’s more of him in that
front stoop than in all the sales he ever made (Miller 110).

Biff believes that Willy had a great opportunity to achieve success
had he pursued a different path. In this case the things Willy had done
around the house could have replaced the belief that selling was still
his strength. As the story progresses, a reader may notice two
completely different personalities and ultimately two differentiating
philosophies. One shows that having a good personality and being
well liked will make you successful and another showing how having
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