Death of a Salesman (Compare Biff and Bernard)

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Different Yet Alike Different. Different were the two characters, Biff and Bernard, in Arthur Miller’s, The American Dream. Each person grew up in a different environment and ended up with completely different life styles. But at the end both knew that they had to work hard to get what they wanted, and nothing is handed to you because you are well liked. Growing up in a family full of lies Biff Loman did not know what life was really about. As a student in high school he was very well liked and was very popular in school. He was an excellent football player, which eventually gave him scholarships to colleges. Biff did very poor in school and expected his friend Bernard to help him cheat in his math class. But because Bernard did n Continue...


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He was raised by a man that believed that being "well liked" by others meant u would get somewhere in life, Biff spent 14 years of his life doing nothing. He went from job to job, stealing, and eventually getting thrown in jail for stealing a suit. While in high school Bernard was not very popular, and was considered a nerd. ot help him Biff flunked math and couldn"tmt graduate high school. He realized that he wasn"tmt "dime a dozen" or a "great leader of men" like his father always told him he was. Bernard came from a family that was taught "if you work hard enough it pays off". He always studied, was smart, but was not very athletic like Biff. Even though they were completely opposite, grew up in different homes, they both ended up knowing the true meaning of life; work hard, and nobody is better then anybody else. When he was told what to do and had to answer to somebody he quit or did something bad and eventually got fired. He was taught to do the right thing and not help Biff cheat. Bernard tried to help Biff study for his math test and to help him pass. Both characters in this play were very important. Instead he was a man that had to work hard to get what he wants and not just expect it.

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