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Death of a Salesman act 1 Review
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Why is Willy home? Why is Linda alarmed that he's home?
He was in a trance and almost hit someone; Linda is alarmed because she knows he is not right.
Why is Willy annoyed with Biff? How does he describe Biff? What does this tell us about Willy?
He is annoyed because he doesn't have a consistent job and he works on a farm; he is described as lazy but hardworking, moody, not happy, this tells us that Willy does not have a steady mind.
How has the neighborhood changed?? Why does it matter to the story that his surroundings are no longer the way they used to be?
The neighborhood used to be grass and now there are houses and cars' this matters because it used to be better before.
How does Linda treat Willy? How do the boys feel about him? Is Biff trying to spite Willy?Why does Biff come home in the spring?
Linda is emotionally supportive, the boys are more worried about Willy than Linda, Biff is not trying to spite Willy, Biff comes home because he failed math.
Why won't Happy go out west with Biff, why won't Biff stay? Why doesn't either son get married or settle down?
Happy has a steady job in New York and he wanted to stay by his family and he wont stay because h sleeps with all his wives and takes bribes to move up, Neither son will settle down because they want to marry women like their woman.
How does Willy act toward the boys when they are young? How do they act toward him? How does Willy feel about Charley and Bernard?
Willy treats Biff like he is a star and Happy is more ignored then Biff; the boys admired him when they were younger but now they are more worried for Willy; he is jealous of Charley because he is successful and he thinks that Bernard is going nowhere in life.
What does Wily's reaction to Biff's theft of the football tell us about Willy? He says the boys look Adonises. What other clues that those Willy believes in appearances?
Willy laughs this off which tells us that Willy favorites Biff; Willy believes that to be successful you must be well liked just like Biff is.
Willy praises and then curses the Chevy; he tells Linda that he's very well liked and then says that people don't seem to take him seriously; what do these inconsistencies tell us about Willy?
This tells us that Willy often contradicts himself and that he cannot think straight.
"Five hundred gross in Providence" becomes "roughly two hundred gross on the whole trip." How does Linda take Willy's two stories? What does this reveal about her? Why does Willy make a fuss about Linda's mending her stockings? How is this important to the play?
Linda always agrees with Willy; this tells us that she does not want to upset Willy or hurt him; Willy makes a fuss towards the stockings because he knows he bought another woman stockings and feels guilty; this is important because it shows Willy's concern for his family and Linda.
Why does Charley visit? How does he feel about Willy? How and why do they insult each other?
Charley visits because he heard some noises and thought that something had happened; he feels and worried for Willy; they are insulting each other because Charley offers Willy a job and Willy gets offended
Who is Ben? Why does Be appear? What does Willy think about the future? About the past? What does Ben teach Biff? Why does Willy feel "kind of temporary" about himself and want Ben to stay?
Ben is Willy's older brother who dies; he appears because he is always in Willy's mind, Willy thinks you should do whatever you can to win in the future he is always thinking about the past; Ben teaches Biff that to be successful you must be will liked; Willy feels temporary because of his father leaving and Ben is a connection to his father and the past.
What does Linda think is the trouble with Willy's life? Why is she angry with her sons? Why does she put the rubber hose back after she had taken it? What does this tell us about her?
Linda thinks the trouble in his life is going from salary to commission; she is angry with her sons because they don't seem to care about their father as much as she does; she puts the rubber hose back because she doesn't want to upset Willy if
he is to see that it is removed; this tells us that she has a true concern for Willy.
Why is Willy interested when Biff mentions Bill Oliver? Why do they argue? How does Happy try to capture attention?
He is interested because he once stole from him and so he does not think he will get a loan; they argue because Willy is happy that Biff is trying; Happy tries to capture the attention by not telling too many jokes but also not being too serious and saying that is wanting to get married.
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