Willy Loman, an elderly failing salesman whose salary has been taken
away and works on straight commission, returns home from a sales trip
that he could not complete. He is weary and tired of life on the road.
His two grown sons, Biff and Happy have returned home to visit. Biff
has lost his way in life and has returned home after 15 years of
drifting. Happy, who lives in his own apartment is also home to visit.
Willy has a conversation with his wife, Linda, as he gets ready for
bed. Willy cannot understand why Biff is lost, with no job and no
money to his name. Willy reminisces about the past and the reader sees
for the first time that Willy sometimes lapses into another era, when
he talks about opening the windshield on his car. Linda suggests Willy
go to the kitchen have some whipped cheese before coming to bed.
Meanwhile, the boys are having a conversation in their old bedroom.
They discuss their father and the fact that he is becoming senile in
his old age. They have been on a date, and through their conversation
we see that Happy holds himself to low moral standards. They talk
about success, their hopes, and all the while Willy is downstairs
having a conservation with no one. Willy is immersed in one of his
flashbacks, where he relives conversations and scenes from the past.
The boys are embarrassed for him, and the scene transforms into a fall
day, 15 years ago.
Willy Loman is an elderly salesmen lost in false hopes and illusions.
The sales firm he works for no longer pays him salary. Working on
straight commission, Willy cannot bring home enough money to pay his
bills. After thirty-four years with the firm, they have spent his
energy and di...
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...this to Willy
who is outraged. Willy shouts, "I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy
Loman and you are Biff Loman!"
Happy is the Loman's youngest son. He lives in an apartment in New
York, and during the play is staying at his parent's house to visit.
Happy is of low moral character; constantly with another woman, trying
to find his way in life, even though he is confident he's on the right
track. Happy has always been the "second son" to Biff and tries to be
noticed by his parents by showing off. When he was young he always
told Willly, "I'm losin' weight pop, you notice?" And, now he is
always saying, "I'm going to get married, just you wait and see," in
an attempt to redeem himself in his mother's eyes. Happy also tries to
be on Willy's good side and keep him happy, even if it means
perpetuating the lies and illusions that Willy lives in.
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