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Friday, January 20

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    Biff’s Requiem
    Once so bold
    Now so lost
    Fosraken by your father
    And so different than your brother
    Biff, where’d it go?
    The old confidence?
    So well liked and proud
    Now defeated and flunked
    “But I will work
    I will do good”
    He says with a tone
    Heard only in years before
    Do good he does not
    Which Willy can’t accept
    That phony-fake
    That cheating-fake
    With Willy gone
    Biff now knows
    A man must follow his dawn
    Not whatever he’s told

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    7:54 am

Wednesday, January 11

  1. msg Bif Loman message posted Bif Loman The symbol that I was associate Biff with would be the football. When we read back to when Biff was…
    Bif Loman
    The symbol that I was associate Biff with would be the football. When we read back to when Biff was in high school we can see that he had everything going for him. He is was the all-star quarterback, popular, and had a loving Father. Although we can foreshadow that he will not find the success in the future and that is what he see. When Willy asks biff about the football ge got Biff replies, "Well, I borrowed it from the locker room" (Miller 17). He we can see that Biff is going through life not anticipating the consequences of his actions, we can also see this through out Act 1 as we learn more about Biff. He went through life not caring about his future or a job and now he stilling looking for one and he is 30. Another things is that he coasting through his relationship with his Dad. Back in high school they were great friends and a a great love for each other and now it seems that all they do is fight. He is does not realize the consequences the this is killing his Dad inside and doesn't stop to see how he feel and we can see this through how suprised he is when his mom tells him Willy is depressed. I think the football represents him because this is the first time we see him not looking at the consequences.
    2:23 pm

Monday, January 9

  1. msg Willy Loman message posted Willy Loman After reading all of Act 1, we see that many things related to Willy, but none more than his red C…
    Willy Loman
    After reading all of Act 1, we see that many things related to Willy, but none more than his red Chevy. In the flashback, Linda asks Willy about it and he responds, "Chevrolet, Linda, is the greatest car ever built." (21). Also, during this time that he sad it, he was in a wonderful mood. Than, later on he is talking about the Chevy and states, "...That god-dam Chevrolet, they ought to prohibit the manufacture of that car!" (23). At this point of the flashback, he is very angry, and yelling at just about everyone, for anything. To me, the Chevy represents his happiness, we he says its a good car, he is in a great mood. When he says its a bad car, he is in a terrible mood.
    7:32 pm
  2. msg Linda Loman message posted Linda Loman Something that is constanlty related to Linda that relates to her very well is sewing. Many times s…
    Linda Loman
    Something that is constanlty related to Linda that relates to her very well is sewing. Many times so far throughout the play Linda is seen sewing. Whether it is on page 38 and "She sits down at the table and mends the lining of WILLY"S jacket" or on page 26 "Just mending my stockings." I think that this can be significant to her character because the sewing is her way of mending what is broken. I think as a character she tries to accomplish that as well. She tries to help Willy make is life feel complete and fufilled. I predict later on as the play goes on, we will see more of Linda's sewing, and possibly around a time of hardships. Sometime when Linda is going to have to try to fix some bigger problem.
    5:53 pm
  3. msg Bif Loman message posted Bif Loman In the assigned reading, Biff Loman has become a different person. He has gone away for an extended…
    Bif Loman
    In the assigned reading, Biff Loman has become a different person. He has gone away for an extended period of time with a different outlook on life. He comes home and realizes that his father is going insane. Biff now has a greater respect for Charley than Willy. Biff just doesn't understand the hardship that Willy is going through. His mother opens up to Biff and Happy, that their father has been trying to kill himself. Biff up to that point has thought that his father was just making a fool of himself, but he is actually trying to kill himself. Biff and Willy throughout the reading yell and yell at each other. It is interesting that his mother thinks that the reason for Willy's sense of anger, is interlapped with Biff and his economic status. If there was a symbol that symbolized Biff, it would be a question mark. Biff ever since he has gone to college, has been confused about who he is; how he is going to make a living. This idea definately has a lasting impression on Willy. Biff and his father are very much entangled together in Act 1, and will I think continue to be for the rest of the play.
    8:33 am
  4. msg Linda Loman message posted Linda Loman An object that I would think represents her is get gray hair. She ha gray hair, and now it is start…
    Linda Loman
    An object that I would think represents her is get gray hair. She ha gray hair, and now it is starting to show. Before, she had gray hair but used to get it died, representing the downfall of Willy. They can only hide Willys condition for so long, until it starts to show and can not be hidden any longer. She can only deny the fact that Willy has a problem for so log until everyone can realize. "she got gray. Mon got awful old. Gee, I'm gonna go in to Oliver tomorrow and knock him for a -" pg 49.
    8:25 am
  5. msg Willy Loman message posted Willy Loman By reading Act One, the object that I thought was associated with WIlly Loman was his Chevrolet car…
    Willy Loman
    By reading Act One, the object that I thought was associated with WIlly Loman was his Chevrolet car. The way that he contradicts his opinion of the car shows how he is always contradicting himself in what he says and even in his actions. At first he says, "Chevrolet, Linda, is the greatest car ever built." (21) Then later when Linda brings up the car again, WIlly says, "That goddam Chevrolet, they ought to prohibit the manufacture of that car." (23) At first he loves the car and thinks that its the greatest, then he completely changes his mind and contradicts himself by saying that it is an awful car, if even the worst. THis is a good example of how it is hard to tell what Willy's opinion on something in since he can't seem to tell what his opinion is either. It is always changing so it is hard for the reader as well as his family, especially Linda, to tell what he really thinks or feels about something.
    8:21 am
  6. msg Willy Loman message posted Willy Loman Throughout the first act, one can still see Willy contradicting himself. He tells his sons that the…
    Willy Loman
    Throughout the first act, one can still see Willy contradicting himself. He tells his sons that they aren't allowed to curse in Willy's house, but then a page or 2 later he himself says "Goddammit". A symbol that I continually see associated with Willy is hard work and people liking him and others. He's easily insulted by people talking in an ill manner about his job and his works. He also gets offended when people talking about everyone in Boston or people in his field of work not liking him or even the people in Boston not even knowing who he is anymore. He's also associated with his work when he has the flashback involving Uncle Ben. Linda tells Biff and Happy that he has these flashbacks because he is so exhausted by his failure at work and that the kids shouldn't blame him for his constant fatigue.
    8:17 am
  7. msg Bif Loman message posted Bif Loman Biff's character continues to develop throughout the rest of act 1. He clearly stuggles to get alon…
    Bif Loman
    Biff's character continues to develop throughout the rest of act 1. He clearly stuggles to get along with his father, as evident in the later part of the chapter. However, he is very close with his mother, and defends her against Willy. At the end of the act, there is one moment in particular that sums Biff up perfectly. Happy was describing a football game at Ebbets Field, and when Biff walked he was dressed in gold. Happy described him, "like a young God. Hercules- something like that." Gold i think will continue to be associated with Biff, becasue he was something of a Golden Boy in the Loman family. He could never do any wrong in Willy's eyes, and he was always the center of attention. I think this moment also foreshadows events to come because Happy mentions that "a star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away." I think BIff will end up successful in some way or another, despite the time we spent out west.
    8:11 am
  8. msg Willy Loman message posted Willy Loman Willy is most often associated with his work and his desire to be liked. Throughout the first act o…
    Willy Loman
    Willy is most often associated with his work and his desire to be liked. Throughout the first act one can see Willy's intense desire to make it in the business world he is constantly making grand plans, he talks about himself being a great business man, and he always seems to encounter car trouble when on business trips. His desire to be a great business man most likely stems from his desire to be well liked. He try's to gain the affection of his sons by telling them of a trip business will bring to them. This desire for his sons affection is probably what causes him to not criticize Biff and he doesn't grant Happy the same because he knows that he has Happy's affection. It is the desire to for affection that probably caused Willy's reaction to Biff being rough with some of the girls, he thinks it might hurt him is the business world to have a son with a bad reputation. His desire to be liked is very paradoxical and contradictory in nature which is why it is ripping Willy apart.
    7:36 am

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