Death of a Salesman

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“Death of a Salesman”

Willy Loman is the main character in this drama. He is 60 years old and has been a salesman for 35 years. He has never really been successful despite his aspirations to be. After 35 years of being a salesman Willy finds himself feeling defeated by his lack of success and his difficult home life. He is married to Linda, a dutiful wife and mother. Together they have two sons, Biff and Happy. Willy and Linda have a good relationship despite the circumstances. Linda is supportive and docile with Willy. She listens when Willy talks about his unrealistic hopes for the future, but she knows what is really going on in their life. She knows that their life will not be any better than it currently is despite the unrealistic hopes and dreams of Willy’s. Willy and Biff’s relationship was, to say the least, not an ideal father-son relationship. Biff was a great football player in high school with a college scholarship upon high school graduation. He, however, did not graduate high school after refusing to take a summer math class to make up for the one he flunked during school. Biff says he did this to spite his father for seeing his father with another woman in Boston. Biff is torn between staying at home and becoming a businessman like his father wants or going out west to become a farmhand. Biff is comfortable knowing that he is “a dime a dozen” as long as he can get out of the confines of his father’s delusions. Happy (Harold) and Willy’s relationship is better than Willy’s and Biff’s as Happy is more supportive of his father and family. He earned the nickname Happy from always trying to bring happiness to things. He has followed in his brother’s footsteps for his whole life, being ignored much of the time. He has hopes that he will one day be more than the assistant to the assistant buyer as he longs for success, even if it means cheating. Always looking for attention from his parents, he sometimes makes up stories. He even told his father...
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