Biff feels a deep sense of inadequacy because Willy wants him to pursue a career that conflicts with his natural inclinations and instincts. He thinks of his boys, Biff and Happy, as teenage boys. For example, Willy believes he should be recognized and respected at work because he established the company throughout New England and named his own boss.
Charley suspects from Willy's early arrival home that work is not going well for him, and offers him a job. His regret and insecurity at having given up on that aspect of himself are evident in his nasty treatment of Charley. Willy continues to talk to Ben and even has his teenage sons in his hallucination.
Willy and Linda argue about their son Biff. Willy refuses, taking this friendly offer as an insult to his abilities as a salesman.
He searches for the mistake that he made that frustrated his hopes for fame and fortune and destroyed his relationship with Biff. She asks Willy how much he sold on his trip. In emphasizing "well liked" as the most desirable quality for success, Willy places a higher premium on outward projection than inner strength of character.
Active Themes Willy leaves to go on a walk, though he is in his slippers. While criticizing Biff to Linda, he calls Biff a lazy bum and then contradicts himself, praising Biff as a hard worker.
Active Themes Now alone, Willy remembers a time when Ben visited the house. The product Willy sells is never revealed, highlighting that what a salesman must really sell is himself. At the beginning of the conversation, he labeled Biff "a lazy bum," but later in the same conversation, Willy contradicts himself and describes Biff as a "hard worker.
He comes out of his reverie and assures Linda that he is fine. Willy and Linda are impressed. Willy, still trying to impress Ben, brags that his sons are fearless characters. But Willy's house has been overwhelmed by the city, just as Willy is himself overwhelmed by the pressures on him.
Willy believes that Biff is squandering his potential and doing so on purpose, but Biff is just not interested in the kind of career that Willy wants for him. Linda always tries to prop Willy up by telling him how wonderful a salesman he is and how good a man he is, she truly believes what she is saying is true.Yet instead of dancing hippos, Willy Loman, an old, worn-out salesman, enters.
He’s talking to himself, and this just can’t be good. Willy’s back from a trip and carrying some bags. Act 1 of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman reveals Willy Loman's deterioration.
As business success continues to elude him, Willy slips further into the world of his dreams. ACT ONE A melody is heard, played upon a flute. It is small and fine, tell-ing of grass and trees and the horizon.
The curtain rises. Before us is the Salesman’s house. Short Answers to Death of a Salesman act 1. 32 terms.
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