In Death of a Salesman, what is the conflict between Willy and Biff?

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In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the eponymous salesman. Willy is disappointed in his son, Biff’s, lifestyle because Biff has never found steady employment. In one exchange with his wife, Linda, Willy explains his feelings about Biff to her:

Willy: When the hell did I lose my temper? I simply asked him if he was making any money. Is that a criticism?

Linda: But, dear, how could he make any money?

Willy [worried and angered]: There’s such an undercurrent in him. He became a moody man. Did he apologize when I left this morning?

Linda: He was crestfallen, Willy. You know how he admires you. I think if he finds himself, then you’ll both be happier and not fight any more.

Willy: How can he find himself on a farm? Is that a life? A farmhand? In the beginning, when he was young, I thought, well, a young man, it’s good for him to tramp around, take a lot of different jobs. But it’s more than ten years now and he has yet to make thirty-five dollars a week! ... Not...

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