Compare and Contrast the Characters of the Loman Brothers.

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The audience are first introduced to the Loman brothers as they are staying at their parents home in Brooklyn. The brothers are woken by their father, and begin an incredibly deep conversation concerning their lives. This conversation reveals a lot about Biff and Happy and their outlook on life.

Firstly, an immediate contrast is made in how the pair treat women. Happy has an incredibly degrading attitude, in which he thinks that he is entitled to any women that he wants, despite being aware that they are engaged to executives at his work. Not only this, he claims that he doesn’t “want the girl, and, still, I take it”. Firstly, the fact that he cannot address the woman by her name, and instead “it” shows how little he thinks of women and how they are made to feel by being given the false hope of being “wanted” by this womanizing character. Biff and Happy remember when they were young, and Happy refers to his “first time” as a “pig”. This accentuates how little respect he has for women, and how he judges them on merely their looks. Biff, on the other hand, seems to feel differently to Happy, ignoring his derogatory comments and admitting, “I’d like to find a girl – steady, somebody with substance”. He clearly used to have the same tendencies with women, as he “taught” Happy everything he knows about women. However, Biff has clearly matured and grown out of his phase of seeking women as if it was a sport, as his brother still does.

A similarity between Biff and Happy are that they are both concerned for their father’s recent behaviour, and discuss things that they have both noticed about him. Happy tells Biff that he is “getting nervous about im”. Despite having their differences with their father, they both care a lot for him and can immediately notice when he begins to act differently. Biff is also clearly concerned about his mother and how she is coping. When Willy is talking to himself, he is (growing angry) and asks rhetorically “Doesn’t he know Mom can...
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