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Death of a Salesman 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.
Why is Willy's mood upbeat at the start of act two? What does he expect to happen?
Willy is happy because he is having dinner with his sons and they are all getting along; he is expecting good news about the loan with Biff.
Why does Willy tell Howard about Dave Singleton? Describe the dramatic effect when Howard listens to the voices of his family while Willy tried to talk business. Why does Howard tell Willy to drop of his samples and forbid him
to go to Boston? Why is this blow to Willy?
Willy tells Howard above Dave Singleton because he does not want to travel anymore and does not want to die the death of a salesman like Dave had; it seems like Howard doesn't care and that Willy is not important; Howard is trying to fire
Willy; Willy blows because he is being fired from his job.
What is Willy's philosophy? How does Biff as a football hero embody his father's dreams? Why does Charley say Willy hasn't grown up?
Willy says success is based on popularity and not hard work; Biff embodies his fathers dreams because he finds out his father was cheating on his mother; Willy
hasn't grown up because he is placing more importance on the football game then on the hard work.
What is Willy's impression of Bernard when he sees him in his father office? Why does Willy exaggerate Biff's importance? Why does Bernard ask what happened after the game at Ebbets Field?
Willy's impression is contradictory, feels pride and envy; exaggerates Biff because it is his son and he wants him to look successful; asks what happened because Biff changed after this game.
Why won't Willy work for Charley? Why is Willy able to ask Charley for money? How is Charley's view of what a salesman needs different from Willy's view?
Willy wont work for Charley because he wants to be proud of his job since he lost his last one; he asks for the money because he knows he will kill himself so it wouldn't matter anyways; Charley doesn't think you need to be well liked unlike Willy who thinks it is the most important thing.
In the restaurant, how does Happy reflect Willy's values? Why does Miller have the girls come in?
Happy reflects Willy's values because he charms the girls like Willy; the girls come in because they show the influence that their father had.
How does Biff's realization that his lift is a lie underline the theme of the play? Why does Biff take Bill Oliver's fountain pen? Why can't he tell his father what happened with Bill Oliver? Why doe Biff and Happy leave Willy at the restaurant?
His realization of his life because Biff believes that he couldn't take orders from people; he takes the pen because he tries to tell them that the pen was stolen but Willy got fired so he has to have something good to tell Linda; they leave because Willy is having a mental break down and they deny him as their father.
Why did Biff go to Boston? What does he discover when he sees the woman? Why is it that Biff never went to summer school? Why can't he believe in his father?
Biff goes to Boston because he failed math; he discovers that his dad is cheating on his mom; never went to summer school because he tried to work and never graduated; doesn't believe his father because his life is a lie.
Why does Linda tell the boys, "Get out of here, both of you, and don't come back!"?
Says this because the boys left the restaurant and don't seem to care about their father.
Why does Willy keep planting seeds where they've never grown before? Why does Willy think Biff will be impressed with his funeral? Why does Ben say
that Biff will call Willy a fool?
He hopes that they will grow; Willy thinks Biff will be impressed because there will be many people since he is well liked; says this because Biff will know that Willy killed himself.
Why doesn't Willy want to see Linda? Why does he think Biff is spiting him? Why does Biff show him the rubber hose? Why does Biff confront Willy and Happy?
Willy doesn't want to see Linda because he feels guilty; he thinks that Biff is spitting him because of his failure; Biff shows him because he wants him to know that he knows the truth; confronts Willy and Happy because they know that Willy
is trying to kill himself.
What does Biff do that elates Willy? How does Happy try to attract Willy's attention? How does Ben influence Willy at this point?
Biff cries because he cares; tries to get Willy's attention by saying that he is a buyer; Ben influences Willy because he doesn't push him away from killing himself to get money.
What is a requiem? What is the purpose of this final act? To what extent is it successful?
A mass for the dead; the purpose is to serve as a funeral for Willy; only five people show up.
Charley says: "No man only needs a little salary." To what is he referring? What else does a man need?
Referring to Willy; a man needs not only salary but a dream.
3. Explain the irony of Linda's last speech.
Linda is now free from watching over Willy.
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