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What are the similarities and differences between Biff and Happy Loman in "Death...

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gerrielynn | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2008 at 11:58 PM via web

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What are the similarities and differences between Biff and Happy Loman in "Death of a Salesman"?

What are the similarities and differences in the characters of Biff and Happy Loman in "Death of A Salesman?"

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purplepenguin | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 4:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Similarities: 1. Both cling to their father's idea of having "personal

attractiveness" as the criteria for success.

2. Both appear to discount their father's (Willy) views and

dreams about life early in the play.
Differences: 1. Biff is lazy and seems to have no ambition in life;

Happy is working and hoping to get ahead in his job.

2. Biff is the oldest son, Happy is the youngest.

3. Biff is the son that Willy sacrifices himself for, not for

Happy.

4. In the end, Biff is the one who sees the reality that is

the situation and his father and Happy still believes

that Willy at least had a dream and "did not die in vain."

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maticha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM (Answer #2)

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Biff think about his mother more than happy

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maticha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM (Answer #3)

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Biff wants to achieve what he wants deppending on him self in contrast og happy how wants to build his successul on the shoulders of others

 

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