In both writings, Tillie Olsen's I Stand Here Ironing and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, the plots center around the problems of a child. In "I Stand Here Ironing Â, Emily is a young girl affected negatively by her mother's lack of care and the time of cold war. Like Emily, in "Death of a Salesman Â, Biff is a young boy who is not well prepared to stand on his own feet in the life because of his father's inadequate advisories.
In Death of a Salesman, Biff is a young, pessimist and a lazy person. Although he does not study for state'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. "I'm one dollar an hour, Willy! I tried seven states and couldn't raise it. A buck a