Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Explain the confrontation between Biff and Willy toward the end of the play in Death of a Salesman

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The confrontation between Biff and Willy toward the end of the second act brings the conflict between father and son to a point of full articulation. Biff has realized his own failings and realized largely where those failings began.

Confronting his father about the rubber hose and the false dreams that sustain his illusion of self-importance, Biff gives voice to the important lesson he has learned through the action of the play. 

Biff expresses his rage over the “hot air” and phoniness that made him a dissatisfied, fake person.

Before this confrontation, Biff has begun to see who he really is and has begun to see where he started to "go wrong" with his life.

With the flashback to the scene in Boston where Biff catches Willy with a woman in a hotel room, the audience and Biff identify Willy as a cheat, a fraud, and as a man defined more by weakness than strength. Though Willy has tried to be a...

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