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In The Death of a Salesman, how does Biff as a football hero embody his father’s dreams?

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junyoonbayside | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 14, 2010 at 7:02 AM via web

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In The Death of a Salesman, how does Biff as a football hero embody his father’s dreams?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 15, 2010 at 5:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Willy , in the play "Death of a Salesman," is the representation of a man in search of the American Dream.  One aspect of the American Dream is to have a son who is smart and athletic.  Willy did not have the advantage to become a football player, but in his son's athletic abilities he sees a chance to be a part of that piece of the dream.  He is unable to see the reality of his son's lack of effort in school and issues.

Willy follows the son's actions and muddles over them making his son the super star he himself never was.  However, Willy is so wrapped up in the dream of what he wants his son to be that he can not see who his son really is.  Because Willy can not come to terms with his own role in life he lives through his son's actions.

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