A summary of the play death of a salesman by arthur miller

Both leave, and though the daydream ends, Willy continues to mutter to himself. Willy insists on finding a seed store so that he can do some planting.

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They leave their father at the restaurant who is busy in dreaming and reliving the past. During this hallucination the boys are teenagers and Biff is the sports star at his school.

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At one point, Willy was a moderately successful salesman opening new territory in New England, and Biff and Happy viewed him as a model father.

Willy imagines being back in the hotel room in Boston with the woman. Charley enters, and he and Willy play cards.

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His first name, Willy, reflects this childlike aspect as well as sounding like the question "Will he? Biff confronts Willy with the rubber hose.

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Biff claims he has had twenty or thirty different jobs since he left home before the war, but has been fired from each. He fails to appreciate his wife. Willy tells Charley that Ben died several weeks ago in Africa. Biff storms out, and Happy follows with the girls. Biff enters, and Happy introduces him to Miss Forsythe, continuing to flirt with her. Willy defensively tells Bernard not to blame him. This leads to Willy becoming increasingly confused.

Willy boasts of a phenomenally successful sales trip, but Linda coaxes him into revealing that his trip was actually only meagerly successful. Willy begins to relive the moment when Biff found out about his affair with the woman.

At age sixty-three, Willy has been a traveling salesman all his life. Willy asks Ben impatiently about his life. Linda informs Willy that Biff and Happy are taking him out to dinner that night. He begins to talk out loud about a woman with who he had an affair, but he cannot keep this memory distinct from memories of talking with Linda. He decides to be honest to himself, but, unfortunately Happy wants to follow the footprint of his father. Biff says that Willy just had the wrong dreams. Biff tells Willy that the Lomans have never been honest with each other or even themselves. He is a father of two sons, Biff and Happy and has a wife Linda. The illusion not only "suggests the past, but also presents the lost pastoral life. Willy says that he will talk to Howard Wagner today and ask to be taken off the road. Agitated, Willy shouts his regret about not going to Alaska with his brother, Ben, who eventually found a diamond mine in Africa and became rich. Jenny: Charley's secretary. Willy overconfidently approaches his boss and tells him all his problems in travelling for the sake of business. He represents Willy's idea of the American Dream success story, and is shown coming by the Lomans' house while on business trips to share stories.

Distressed and frustrated, he decides to commit suicide so that the insurance money could be some use to Biff to start a new business. Biff storms out, and Happy follows with the girls.

A summary of the play death of a salesman by arthur miller

Willy also needs Ben to tell him he is proud of Willy and his sons. His father's secretary, Jenny, enters and tells Bernard that Willy is shouting in the hallway. Willy reminds the teenage Biff not to make promises to any girls, because they will always believe what you tell them and he is too young to consider them seriously. At the same time, he begins to talk about the time that Linda told him he was attractive. This production was part of the centenary celebrations for playwright Arthur Miller. Happy flirts with a young prostitute while Biff appears upset that Oliver did not know who he was. This play shows how false perceptions of ourselves and others can bring about the ruin of a person. Biff then remembers that he had been a shipping clerk for Oliver and not a salesman. Willy tells the younger versions of Biff and Happy that it's "who you know" that matters. After more arguing and reconciliation, everyone finally goes to bed.

He and Biff get into an argument. Happy and Biff come downstairs in jackets, while Linda walks out in mourning clothes and places flowers on Willy's grave.

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The young Biff, a high school football star, and the young Happy appear. Biff steals because he wants evidence of success, even if it is false evidence, but overall Biff remains a realist and informs Willy that he is just a normal guy and will not be a great man. Willy thinks Biff is being wish-washy to spite him. Biff realizes that Willy has created a false image of himself for his family, society, and even for himself. But instead of getting a transfer to the New York office, Willy gets fired. She chides her sons, particularly Biff, for not helping Willy more, and supports Willy lovingly even though Willy sometimes treats her poorly, ignoring her opinions over those of others. On the other hand, an audience may react with disgust and anger toward Willy, believing he has deserted his family and taken the easy way out. Willy's despair results from his failure to achieve his American dream of success. Biff feels sorry for his mother who is still living in an illusion. Biff asks Happy to leave the city with him, but Happy vows to stay in New York and prove that his father did not die in vain.
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