I have to conduct a study character of Biff Loman.I have to discuss self-perception,motivations,primary strengths or weakness,relationship with others, change in character,lack of change in...

I have to conduct a study character of Biff Loman.

I have to discuss self-perception,motivations,primary strengths or weakness,relationship with others, change in character,lack of change in character,effect on audience, or any number of features

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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When Biff Lowman was growing up he was led to believe that he was the best.  His father adored him and put all of his own dreams into Biff.  The nickname Biff was commonly given to jocks and middle class football players during the period of the play.  It is also a playful name which is indicative of how Biff behaved as a child and young adult.

Biff had confidence as a child, but he also took advantage of his father's inability to see things as they really were.  Willy had made excuses for Biff's short comings until Biff had begun to make his own excuses.

Biff lived his life as a lie.  He had been in trouble, out of work, and found himself at a dead end in his life.  He grew not to become the social winner his father had expected him to be, but a man who lied about his accomplishments and still kept reaching for the easy way out.

Biff is an alcoholic and had been homeless not long before he went  back to his parent's home.  Biff gets along well with his brother and is protective of his mother.  He steps in when he does not like the way his father talks to her

Biff's relationship with the father that he adored, when he was young, changes after he catches him in a hotel room with another woman.  His father had given her his mother's stockings.  The damage continued to carry into their adulthood.  It is only after Biff sees how mentally sick his father has become that he begins to be concerned about him.

Biff is a dreamer like his father, but it takes him years to realize that he is not going to make it as a big man doing big things.  He becomes healthier once he realizes that he has been lying to himself for all the years.

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