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The action begins in the home of Willy Loman, an aging salesman who has just returned from a road trip. Willy is having difficulty remembering events, as well as distinguishing the present from his memories of the past.
His wife, Linda, suggests that he request a job in New York rather than travel each week. Linda and Willy argue about their oldest son Biff. Biff and his brother, Happy, overhear Willy talking to himself. Biff learns that Willy is usually talking to him Biff during these private reveries.
Biff and Happy discuss women and the future. Both are dissatisfied with their jobs: Biff is discontent working for someone else, and Happy cannot be promoted until the merchandise manager dies.
They contemplate buying a ranch and working together. At this point, Willy relives several scenes from his past, including the time when, during high school, Biff admits to stealing a football and promises to throw a pass for Willy during the game.
Willy also remembers his old dream of the boys visiting him in Boston during a road trip. Finally in his reverie, he relives the time that Bernard, son of the next-door neighbor Charley, informs Willy that Biff is failing math and will not graduate unless his scores improve.
In this last scene, Willy listens but dismisses the important news because Biff is "well-liked," and Bernard is not. Willy remembers a conversation with Linda in which he inflates his earnings but is then forced to admit he exaggerated when Linda calculates his commission. Willy recalls complaining about his appearance and remembers Linda assuring him that he is attractive.
While he is reliving his conversation with Linda, he begins to remember his conversation with the Woman a woman with whom he had an affair. He is unable to separate memories of Linda from the Woman.
The play continues in the present with his neighbor Charley coming over to play cards. However, Uncle Ben appears to Willy while he is playing cards with Charley, and Willy relives an old conversation with Ben while simultaneously talking with Charley.
As a result, Willy becomes confused by the two different "discussions" he is having — one in the present, one in the past — and he accuses Charley of cheating.
Willy also remembers instructing Biff and Happy to steal some supplies from the construction site in order to remodel the porch so that he can impress Ben. The play once again returns to the present, in which Biff and Happy talk with Linda about Willy.
Biff and Happy learn that Willy is on straight commission and has been borrowing money from Charley in order to pay bills.
Linda criticizes her sons for abandoning their father in order to pursue their own selfish desires, and she gives Biff a choice: Respect your father or do not come home.
Biff decides to stay in New York, but he reminds Linda that Willy threw him out of the house. He also tells Linda that Willy is a "fake.
Willy overhears his wife and sons talking, and he and Biff argue. Before Linda and Willy go to bed, Linda questions Willy: She wants to know what Biff is holding against him, but Willy refuses to answer.
Biff removes the rubber tubing Willy hid behind the heater. The next morning Willy prepares to visit his boss Howard to ask him for a job in New York. During the meeting, Howard informs Willy that there are no positions available in New York. Howard remains impassive and instead fires him. Upon being fired, Willy begins freefalling into his memories of the past.
This time, Willy asks for advice because things are not going as he planned. He remembers Ben offering him a job in Alaska.
He accepts, but Linda intervenes and reminds him of Dave Singleman. Bernard is waiting for Charley in his office. Willy and Bernard discuss Biff and consider possible reasons for his lack of motivation and success.
Bernard says Biff changed right after high school when he visited Willy in Boston. Bernard questions Willy about what happened when Biff went to visit him. Bernard is on his way to present a case before the Supreme Court.Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
Home / Literature / Death of a Salesman / Analysis ; Death of a Salesman Analysis Literary Devices in Death of a Salesman. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. Well, the play is definitely a drama, because, you know it's a play, a piece of literature meant to be spoken by actors in front of a live.
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Willy launches into a lengthy recalling of how a legendary salesman named Dave Singleman inspired him to go into sales.
Howard leaves and Willy gets angry. Howard soon re-enters and tells Willy to take some time off. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.
It is one of the original Pulitzers, for the program was inaugurated in with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year. (No Drama prize was given, however, so that one was inaugurated in , in a sense.). Salesman in Beijing () details Miller's experiences with the Beijing People's Theatre production of Death of a Salesman.
He describes the idiosyncrasies, understandings, and insights encountered in directing a Chinese cast .