Willy was consistent on his belief that the key to success is being well appreciated by others. He regrets how he led his life at the age of sixty and wished that he would have better earn money rather than caring about sentiments. (BookRags Book Notes. (2000-2009)
All his life, Willy made sure that he passed his own key to success to his sons: Happy and Biff. Biff was the eldest son and Willy tried hard to ensure he follows his father’s key to success in the business world. But Willy’s teachings were a failure for Biff as he couldn’t continue in the business world. He could not live up to his father’s expectations as reality was far harsher than his father made them believe. His life began to deteriorate. He is more liked by his father as he left the business world because he could not follow orders from others and Willy taught him to steal which was the reason for him to get caught now and then in the business arena. He works on the farmland and ranches. Biff knew his father has been lying to him the entire life and want to expose the lies, but Willy won’t let that happen. They would argue and fight whenever Biff gets home and subsequently Biff decided to leave home for good. The financial conditions of family worsened as Biff was incapable of holding a 9-5 job. (Wade Bradford)
The younger son Happy was ignored throughout Willy’s life. He kept assuring his parents that he will get married and will go far in business. But the reality is that he never does and is also a failure. Willy acted in front of his sons that he was a reputable, important, valued and victorious salesman so that his family love and envy him.