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Explain why Willy expects Biff to amount to much more than he has and what...

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kevinyoukhana | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2007 at 2:53 AM via web

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Explain why Willy expects Biff to amount to much more than he has and what impact/effect does this have on Biff.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 28, 2007 at 3:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Willy is not only delusional about his own dreams and accomplishments but about those of his sons as well. Biff is the eldest son, and historically, fathers tended to place their greatest hopes and dreams in their first-born child. The fact that Biff was a high school football star only increased Willy's hopes and dreams for Biff. Feeling he was a failure, Willy wanted to live vicariously through Biff. As a result, Biff feels like a failure as well and blames his father for his perceived failures. Biff can never live up to what Willy wants for him, and it isn't until the end that Biff understands his father's failure to succeed and becomes grounded in the reality of what he himself is capable of.

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kevinyoukhana | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2007 at 3:34 AM (Answer #2)

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Thank you bmadnick.

Anyone have anything on how Willy's expectations has had an impact on Biff's life?

Thanks in Advance

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