In both writings, Tillie Olsenâ€™s I Stand Here Ironing and Arthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman, the plots center around the problems of a child. In â€œI Stand Here Ironingâ€, Emily is a young girl affected negatively by her motherâ€™s lack of care and the time of cold war. Like Emily, in â€œDeath of a Salesmanâ€, Biff is a young boy who is not well prepared to stand on his own feet in the life because of his fatherâ€™s inadequate advisories.
In Death of a Salesman, Biff is a young, pessimist and a lazy person. Although he does not study for stateâ€™s math exam and fails it, he does not attend to summer school. On the other hand, when he gets older, he describes himself as a nothing. â€œIâ€™m one dollar an hour, Willy! I tried seven states and couldnâ€™t raise it. A buck an hour!â€ (1363). These words show how Biff is hopeless about his life.
Like, Biff, in I Stand Here Ironing, Emily is a young, pessimist and a little lazy girl. She always tries to run away from her responsibilities. For instance, when her mother asks her to study on her midterms she says â€œin a couple of years when weâ€™ll all be atom-dead they wonâ€™t madder a bit.â€ (217) While Emily has the advantage of a contemporary upbringing, she is still vulnerable and fearful as an adult, as she was being a lonely, sick and unpopular child. â€œThe doorbell sometimes rang for her, but no one seemed to come and play in house or be a best friendâ€ (215). She, like her mother, seems to have a passive, almost pessimistic outlook on life and the future.
The difference between two characters is the cause which makes them hopeless. The reason of Biffâ€™â€™s situation is his father. Willy, Biffâ€™s father, spends his time with Biff, like his friend, however his advisories are very harmful. Biff learns from his father that to be well liked and attractive are the