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In Act Two, How does Biff's realization that his life is a lie underline the theme of...

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shethatgirrl | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM via web

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In Act Two, How does Biff's realization that his life is a lie underline the theme of the play?

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Biff tells Hap that he has come to the conclusion that the Lomans never tell a word of truth in that house. The house itself is built on lies as all the improvements to its structure were stolen materials from other building projects. So, also, is the image of Biff as a person false. Exaggerated bits from others are assembled and augmented, turning the vision of Biff into a well-liked super athlete bound for unfathomable wealth and success. Biff knows instead, that he is a "dollar an hour" and nothing special. 

See the theme "Appearance versus Reality"

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