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Why the names of Biff and Happy ironic?

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Both the boys have breezy nicknames that are ironic because their personalities are anything but easy-going. Willy hopes his boys will be "well-liked" and their names seem to indicate a familiarity in society that neither one possesses.

Biff is a failed football hero. He is disillusioned by his father's lack of success and lack of his own achievement. His child-like...

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