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Death Of A Salesman Act I
Terms in this set (13)
Why is Willy home? Why is Linda alarmed that he's home?
Willy is home because he felt he was going to crash because he couldn't concentrate on the road. Linda is alarmed because last time he came home early he actually crashed and she was scared it happened again.
Why is Willy annoyed at Biff? How does he describe Biff? What does this tell us about Willy?
Willy is annoyed with Biff because he does not have a steady job but he work on a farm, he's lazy but he works hard, moody but happy. Willy contradicts himself, which shows how he is incapable of having 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 use to be grass and open land but now it has houses and cars. It was better before everyone started building houses
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 treats Willy like another child. Willy put everything into Biff when they were young and Happy was over looked. Even as an adult Happy looks for his father's approval. The relationship with Biff is crushed when he finds out about the other woman. Biff came home in the spring because he failed his math course and he comes home to work when he has time
Why won't Happy go out West with Biff, and why won't Biff stay? Why doesn't either son get married and settle down?
Happy has a job in NY and he wants to stay with family. He also sleeps with his boss's wives and takes things to move up the ladder in the business. Willy is not happy that his sons do not want to get married but they want a woman to baby them like their mother.
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 a star because of his athletic abilities and happy is in the shadow. They both admired their father when they were young. Willy thinks Bernard is going nowhere and he is jealous of Charley because he is successful
What does Willy's reaction to Biff's theft of the football tell us about Willy? He says the boys look like Adonises. What other clues show that Willy believes in appearances?
Willy just laughed and thought nothing when Biff stole a football. He figured that Biff needed something to practice with. This shows his favoritism toward Biff. Willy thinks that you have to be good looking and be well liked to be successful
Willy praises and then curses the Chevrolet; he tells Linda that he's very well liked, and then says that people don't seem to take to him. What do these inconsistencies tell us about Willy?
Willy contradicts himself and does not think with a clear mind.
"Five hundred gross in Providence" becomes "roughly two hundred gross on the whole trip." How does Linda take Willy's stories? What does this reveal about her? Why does Willy make a fuss about Linda's mending stockings? How is this important to the play?
Linda always says yes to Willy because she does not want to upset him or hurt his pride. Willy gets mad at Linda because she is mending her stockings instead of buying new ones. He gave the other woman her stockings and Willy feels really bad about it.
Why does Charley visit? How does he feel about Willy? How and why do they insult each other?
Charley hears about Willy and comes to talk to him. Charley pities Willy and offers him a job. Willy feels insulted because he does not want anyone to know he needs help. His pride is hurt from someone offering to help.
Who is Ben? Why does Ben appear? What does Willy think about the future? About the past? What does Ben teach Biff?
Ben is Willy's dead older brother that comes back in Willy's mind. Ben taught Willy that if you are well liked then you are successful. Ben is Willy's connection to his father and the past.
What does Linda think is the trouble with Willy's life? Why is she angry at her sons? Why does she put the rubber hose back after she had taken it? What does this tell about her?
Linda thinks that all of Willy's issues will be solved if he thinks he helped his sons be successful. Willy thinks he is a failure but in Linda's mind this is the problem. Linda is angry with her sons because they do not care about their father and they make him feel unwanted. Linda puts the hose back because she wants Willy to take it off himself. If she asked him about it to his face then it would hurt him even more. This shows how she cares for Willy; she always does what is best for him.
Why is Willy interested when Biff mentions Bill Oliver? Why do they argue? How does Happy try to capture attention?
Willy gets interested because he thinks Bill Oliver could fund his sporting store and give Biff some direction in life. The sons soon learn that Willy has been borrowing money to pay the bills because he is not a good salesman. Linda gets onto the boys for leaving their father in this time of need. Linda gives Biff a choice: to stay and respect his father or leave. Biff chooses to live in New York. Biff tells Linda Willy is a fake. Linda then tells Biff that Willy is trying to kill himself. Willy overhears the conversation and they start to argue.
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