Death of a Salesman Essay for High School Students

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Death of a Salesman

In the beginning of the play, the central character, Willy Lowman, has just returned home after finding himself incapable to focus on driving. His wife, Linda, suggests that he ask for a job in New York so that he won't have to drive so much. Willy insists, however, that it is crucial to his company that he works in New England. Willy asks Linda about his son, Biff, who has just come home after being away for numerous years. He can't comprehend why Biff is unable to get a good Job. Soon Willy begins thinking about when Biff was a senior in high school. He remembers how Biff was the leading light of the football team and how he was presented scholarships from numerous colleges. After Willy's daydream ends, Charley comes in to play cards with him. While they are playing cards Charley offers Willy a job, but Willy refuses. As they are talking, Willy's brother, Ben, appears to him in an illusion. Willy tries to talk to both of them at once and Charley can't understand. Willy and Charley get into a quarrel and Charley leaves. Willy then turns his concentration to Ben and asks him how he became so successful. Ben tells Willy that he went into the jungle when "he was seventeen and when he came out at twenty-one he was rich". After Biff overhears Willy talking to himself, he asks Linda what's wrong with him. Linda explains that Willy is fatigued and has even tried to kill himself. When Willy enters the scene, Happy tries to cheer him up by announcing that he and Biff are going to start their own sporting goods company. He tells Willy that Biff is going to see Bill Oliver in the morning and ask for a loan. Willy is optimistic and reminds Biff that the most important things in life are to be well liked and to have personal attractiveness. The next day Willy decides to ask his superior, Howard, if he can have a job in New York. Howard explains that there is no room for him in New York, and then tells Willy that he no longer wants him to...
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