What does the character of Happy Loan bring to my understanding and enjoyment of the play? Happy helps me understand the play by emphasizing the futility of Wily pursuing the American Dream. Happy does not have the passion for his work that Biff does or the drive to succeed (though misguided) that Wily has. Happy is a conglomeration of Will’s mistakes and bad characteristics and is a perfect example of the American Dream’s falsehood.Due to Willis stories and his shallow advice when Happy was monger, the boy is lead to believe that if he works hard, he will succeed and achieve the ideal life. Ironically, Wily is the living proof of the Dream’s lies yet Happy Is ignorant to this and the Dream becomes his unachievable goal, Just like his father.
Because of this, the audience is able to experience what Wily was like when he was younger, though Happy seems to have less passion than him. As such, Happy Is a difficult character with whom to empathic.Happy becomes more one-dimensional as the play progresses, in comparison to his childish eagerness as a young boy, and is obsession with fulfilling the Dream becomes Incurable. HIS empty vow to avenge Will’s death by finally “beat[long] this racket” provides evidence of his critical condition: for Happy, who has lived In the shadow of the Inflated expectations of his brother, there Is no escape from the Dream’s lies. Throughout the play, Happy remains oblivious to the Impact that his bad life choices are having on him and does not reach the same epiphany that saves Biff In the end.
Happy also helps to show the strained relationship of the family. He appears to have no affection for his father, nor his mother and throughout the play he has no one-on- one conversations with either of them. This stems from Happy neglect as a child due to favoritism by his parents to Biff. Ironically, the only person Happy talks Intimately with Is Biff. Despite being disregarded by his parents, he still alms to please them If only to gain their acceptance, more so Wally’s, as he was the person Happy looked up to as a child.
Happy even chose the same line of work as his father s he knew Wily wanted someone to continue the career for him. As he grows older and the neglect simply continues, Happy becomes colder towards his father and at one point he goes so far as to say: “No, that’s not my Dad, that’s Just a guy. However In the end, we see that Happy readiness to Impress his father never deteriorated as he states that he wall continue his father’s work and that Wily “didn’t die In vain. He had a good dream. ” Happy adulation to sex Is yet another trait that he Inherits from Wily, whether he Is