He vacillates between different eras of his life. There is less room to expand, and the sunlight does not even reach into his yard. Biff impulsively steals a fountain pen.
Biff tries to tell him what happened as Willy gets angry and slips into a flashback of what happened in Boston the day Biff came to see him. He worships Biff and does anything for him.
Willy seems childlike and relies on others for support, coupled with his recurring flashbacks to various moments throughout his career.
When Ben notes that he has to leave to catch his train, Willy begs him to stay a little longer. The more he indulges in the illusion, the harder it is for him to face reality. Willy walks in, angry that the two boys have never amounted to anything.
When they later return home, their mother angrily confronts them for abandoning their father while Willy remains outside, talking to himself.
Scott starred as Willy. The next day, Willy goes to ask his boss, Howard, for a job in town while Biff goes to make a business proposition, but both fail. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Summary[ edit ] Willy Loman returns home exhausted after a business trip he has cancelled.
Willy exits the house.
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.
She is the first to realize that Willy is contemplating suicide at the beginning of the play, and urges Biff to make something of himself, while expecting Willy to help Biff do so.
London responses were mixed, but mostly favorable. The play starred Lee J. He likes being outdoors and working with his hands, yet wants to do something worthwhile so Willy will be proud of him. When Willy and Linda purchased their home, the neighborhood was quieter than they now find it.
Characters[ edit ] William "Willy" Loman: It was also part of the inaugural season of the Guthrie Theater in MinneapolisMinnesota in When the play opens, Willy returns to his home a defeated man, unable to complete his latest business trip, and with his argument with Biff left unresolved.
The Berlin production was more successful than New York, possibly due to better interpretation. Bloom 51  Reception[ edit ] This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. But he could be a peasant, he could be, whatever. He has a restless lifestyle as a womanizer and dreams of moving beyond his current job as an assistant to the assistant buyer at the local store, but he is willing to cheat a little in order to do so, by taking bribes.
Biff conveys plainly to his father that he is not meant for anything great, insisting that both of them are simply ordinary men meant to lead ordinary lives. A shocked Biff angrily confronted his father, calling him a liar and a fraud.
Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. He is always looking for approval from his parents, but he rarely gets any, and he even goes as far as to make things up just for attention, such as telling his parents he is going to get married.
Since his father left him with nothing, Willy feels an acute need to put his sons—especially Biff—on the right path in life. Biff waits hours to see a former employer who does not remember him and turns him down. Charley gives the now-unemployed Willy money to pay his life-insurance premium; Willy shocks Charley by remarking that ultimately, a man is "worth more dead than alive.
As an additional consequence of being abandoned, Willy knows little about his father and thus has to ask Ben to tell Biff and Happy about their grandfather.
In an effort to pacify their father, Biff and Happy tell their father that Biff plans to make a business proposition the next day. Biff is the only one who realizes that the whole family lived in the lies and tries to face the truth.
By the time he took his first job, Biff was so convinced that success would inevitably fall into his lap that he was unwilling to work hard in order to advance to more important positions.
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.
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