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always making sure the his sons are very well liked in school. For example, the one time that his son Biff admits to making fun of his teachers lisp, his dad didn’t care if what he did was wrong, he was more worried about how Biff’s classmates reacted:
BIFF. I crossed my eyes and talked with a lithp.WILLY. (Laughing) You did? The kids like it?BIFF. They nearly died laughing!Another character that had a very big impact on the theme was Willy’s older brother Ben. To Benthe American dream is the power to start with nothing and turn it into money. Ben expresses this when he is talking to Willy, “BEN: William, when I walked into the jungle, I was seventeen. When I walked out I was twenty-one. And, by God, I was rich!” (Death of a Salesman, act 1). The reader can tell that Willy is jealous of his brother’s success and masculinity, but Willy’s wifeLinda is scared and worried when Ben comes by for a short visit. To Linda, Ben represents violence. This is shown when Ben is messing around with Biff. Just as Biff is starting to win during their sparring match, Ben trips Biff and stands over him with the “point of his umbrella poised at Biff’s eye.” Ben’s character conveys that only a few people can succeed in the “rags to riches” version of the American Dream.