Willy Lohan, a poor role model to his two sons Biff and Happy
In his stage play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller introduces us to the family of Willy Lohan. There is greater influence of the parents to the children as is portrayed in the play. Willy Loman laxity has weighed heavily on the conduct of his sons, Happy and Biff. The main theme in the play is sustained in the play with the sons of Willy attaining their personality from their father. We learn that one’s upbringing shapes their behavior. The actions of those within one’s surrounding influence one’s behavior. This is quite evident in the case of a parent child interaction as portrayed in the play. Since most the time the child will look up to their parents, their ethical and moral values will be acquired from their parents. The impact of parent’s ethical degradation, on their children in is shown clearly in the play Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller.
Willy Loman set a very low level of morality for his sons by his actions and therefore he was not a good role model to them. For instance, when Biff was in high school, he stole a football from the locker room. He was a star in the game of football but that was not reason enough for his actions to go unpunished. When Willy learnt of his son’s felony, he never punished him. Instead, he regarded it as an initiative by Biff which was due to get appreciated by the his coach. On another occasion, lumber was stolen from a construction site by Biff and his brother Happy. In place of rebuke, they received appreciation from their father for the wrong they did. He was proud of the large amount of lumber they stole. By praising them, Willy blurred his sons’ vision of stealing as immoral and ethically wrong. Past studies show that the impression made on children greatly determine the future morality. In the case of Biff and Happy, much hope was lost due to their father’s irresponsibility and laxity.
Dishonesty was also cultivated by Willy Loman on his sons. He had financial constraints as a salesman which affected his ability to fend for his family. His wife Linda never knew about it, instead of confessing his situation, he lied. As a result of these lies, as the months past, his debt grew bigger because he had to get loans to cover up his lie. To the damage of his son’s moral, Biff knew about...