Biff is a catalyst

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Biff is a catalyst. He drives Willy's actions and thoughts, particularly his memories, throughout the  play. Whenever Willy is unable to accept the present, he retreats to the past, and Biff is usually there.  Prior to his Boston trip, Biff adored Willy. He believed his father's stories and accepted his father's  philosophy that a person will be successful, provided that he is "well-liked." Biff never questioned  Willy, even when it was obvious that Willy was breaking the rules. As a result, Biff grew up believing  that he was not bound by social rules or expectations because Willy did not have to abide by them,  nor did Willy expect Biff to. It is not surprising that Biff's penchant for stealing continued throughout  his adult life because Willy encouraged Biff's "little thefts" while he was growing up. For example,  instead of disciplining Biff for stealing the football, Willy praised his initiative. Biff's perception of Willy as the ideal father is destroyed after Biff's trip to Boston. Once he learns 
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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