This discord is founded in the fact that each man is faced with the impractical ideals placed on them by the other. This leads to the subsequent shattering of Willy and Biff's hopes. Willy chastises his son on numerous occassions.
However, his scoldings fall deafly on Biff's ears because he has learned of his father's affair.
Many facets make up Willy's somewhat disfigured success ideal . First, he defines his success by his appearance and personal popularity. Perhaps this is gleaned from his mentor, another salesman,
Dave Singleman. Singleman's skill is reflected in the large amounts of people that attend his funeral. Willy holds this popularity in high regard. It is his hope that Biff and his brother happy will lead successful prosperous lives. Willy
> brags to them how successful he believes he will become in the future.
> "Happy: Just like Uncle Charley, heh?' Willy:
Bigger than Uncle
> Charley! Because Charley is not-- liked. He's liked, but he's notwell liked.'" Despite his constant effort, Willy never attains his desired popularity and is confined to life of an average middle-class working man. When Biff fails math, preventing his graduation from high school,
Willy's dream his son with succeed in his place is shattered. > Biff idolized his father during his youth. His belief that his father can fix anything leads him to travel to Boston , where his father was working . He hopes that if he pleads to his father, he will, in turn, speak to Biff's math teacher to see what can be done about his grade.
However, upon his arrival in Boston, he walks in on his father and a lady friend involved in sexual behavior. He no longer can see his father in the same light. As the story continues,
> Willy's mental state deteriorates,