Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Compare the way Biff and Happy treat Willy in Death of a Salesman.

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Biff and Happy have very different personalities, and this also affects the way each of them treat their father, Willy Loman. Happy's name is very significant-he is a happy-go-lucky character, he ignores unpleasant things in life and just focuses on what is pleasant and what makes him happy. Biff, on the other hand, feels very unsatisfied with his life and blames his father for a lot of the unhappiness.

In the first conversation between Biff and Happy at the beginning of the play, they discuss their father:

HAPPY: You’re not still sour on Dad, are you, Biff?

BIFF: He’s all right, I guess. 

We can see here that Happy has a better relationship with Willy than Biff does. They go on to say,

BIFF: Why does Dad mock me all the time?

HAPPY: He’s not mocking you, he...

BIFF: Everything I say there’s a twist of mockery on his face. I can’t get near him.

HAPPY: He just wants you to make good, that’s all. 

Happy defends Willy, while Biff criticizes him.

Biff also stands up to his father,...

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