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shethatgirrl | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted September 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM via web

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In Death of a Salesman, 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 2:52 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the metaphorical deaths in the play is the death of the image Biff has of his father. He believes his father to be all powerful and infinitely strong. He travels to Boston to plead with his father to return to New York and get him out of the jam he is in. Upon discovering the woman in Willie's room, Biff immediately says that no one would listen to Willie. His image of his father is shattered and his personal dreams die. 

See the theme "Appearance versus Reality". 

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