Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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In Death of a Salesman, please help me explain the situation with Willy being interested when Biff mentions Bill Oliver as to why they argue.

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The part of the play Death of a Salesman that features the argument between Biff and Willy Loman over Bill Oliver occurs in Act 2, scene 5. However, the situation has a different origin.

Willy Loman is interested when Biff mentions Bill Oliver because the latter used to be a supervisor of Biff's many years ago when Biff was younger. Bill Oliver is a successful businessman. That fact alone is enough to get Willy Loman interested. However, this is a businessman for which Biff once worked and (in typical Loman fashion), Biff was thought to be, not the clerk that he was, but an associate of Oliver's. In Willy's mind, Biff was following every mandate and idea of success that Willy had bestowed upon him.

The problem is that Biff stole from Bill Oliver in the past. As a result, he quit working for him. However, the tendency to fantasize had...

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