8 1/2

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Hally’s father is never on stage but exerts a powerful influence over him and his relationship with Sam and Willy. Critically analyse what the play suggests about what it means to be a good father.

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Is the play called 8 1/2?

I'm assuming you're refering to "Death of a Salesman." If I were you I would make a clear point that Charley is an example of a good father. While Willy and Sam are both unsuccessful, unhappy people (as well as Willy's two sons), Bernard is a successful young man. The values that his father instilled in him were those of education and hard work. Willy stressed the importance of good looks and character, which lead his sons into lives of unfullfilled poverty.


"Death of a Salesman," Arthur Miller.