What is Biff Loman's characteristic in the play?What is Biff Loman's character trait throughout the play?

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Biff Loman is an interesting contrast in that we are told that throughout his life he has been a thief. In Willy’s flashbacks, we see him taking lumber, and we hear that he took a football –

 I borrowed it from the locker room [He laughs confidentially]

He also ruined his chances with Bill Oliver by stealing basketballs, and then, when he returns, a pen from his desk. Biff seems to be a kleptomaniac as the items do not bring him pleasure or reward.

Biff’s contrasting characteristic is that he is the only family member capable of facing the truth about his life and that of his family. He reveals that he spent time in prison for theft-

 We never told the truth for ten minutes in this house!...I stole myself out of every good job since high school!

His observations are harsh, but accurate-

Pop! I’m a dime a dozen, and so are you!

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Death of a Salesman

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