Peter’s denial

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It again proves that literature often includes biblical allusions when Happy denies Willy as his father in the Death of a Salesman- just like when Peter denies knowing Jesus. In the restaurant, Biff scolds Happy for not caring enough about Willy. He tells Happy that their father is planning on committing suicide and leaves.Happy then tells the girls that Willy isn’t really his father, but “just a guy.” During Jesus’s trial, Peter denies knowing Jesus three times even when he vowed that he would remain loyal to Jesus no matter what. Peter’s denial of Jesus symbolizes human frailty and weakness, and Miller here uses this biblical allusion perfectly to show Happy’s weakness- He is always lying about himself, pretending to be a successful and strong man, but in reality he is really weak.

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