Biff Loman's Turning Point

Topics: Hotel, Death of a Salesman, Shower Pages: 1 (379 words) Published: February 18, 2011
I believe there can be a turning pint in a person's life after which nothing will ever be the same. Such is the case in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, when Willy Loman's son Biff reaches a "point of no return" after discovering that Willy is having an affair with a woman in Boston. The shock and disillusionment from this revelaation made Biff see his father in a new light ande he would never be able to return to a life in which he trusted or respected his father.

The quote "often in literature, situations reach a "point of no return," a point after which after which the life of a character in the work can never be same" means that there is a point or situation which someone, or some group of people must continue their current course of action, because turning back is physically impossible. I highly agree with this quote because in the play Biff’s discovery that Willy has a mistress strips him of his faith in Willy and Willy’s ambitions for him. Willy is in the hotel room with his mistress and they hear a knock at the door. The woman tells Willy, "Aren't you going to answer the door? He'll wake the whole hotel." After trying to divert her attention Willy tells the woman to hide in the bathroom while he answers the door. Willy opens the door and sees Biff standing there. He asks his son why he came to Boston and his son replies that he flunked math and doesn't have enough credits to graduate. They talk a little more then a laugh is heard from the bathroom.The woman comes out of the bathroom and Willy tries his best to get rid of her. He tells Biff that she just needed to borrow his shower. Tears begin to fall down Biffs face and Willy is still trying to come up with excuses. Biff calls his dad a liar and a fake and he leaves. This event changed Biffs life. He no longer had the ambition of finishing school and to live out the dreams his father had for him. The pedal stool he once placed his father on was no...

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