Biff enters, and Happy introduces him to Miss Forsythe, continuing to flirt with her. Willy blurts out that he was fired. Stunned, Biff again tries to let Willy down easily. Biff finally explodes at Willy for being unwilling to listen. As Biff explains what happened, their conversation recedes into the background.
The young Bernard tells Linda that Biff failed math. The restaurant conversation comes back into focus and Willy criticizes Biff for failing math. Willy then hears the voice of the hotel operator in Boston and shouts that he is not in his room.
Biff scrambles to quiet Willy and claims that Oliver is talking to his partner about giving Biff the money. Willy hears The Woman laugh and he shouts back at Biff, hitting him and staggering. Miss Forsythe enters with another call girl, Letta. Biff helps Willy to the washroom and, finding Happy flirting with the girls, argues with him about Willy.
Biff storms out, and Happy follows with the girls. Willy and The Woman enter, dressing themselves and flirting. The door knocks and Willy hurries The Woman into the bathroom. Willy answers the door; the young Biff enters and tells Willy that he failed math. Willy asks him where he can find a seed store. Stanley gives him directions to one, and Willy hurries off. The light comes up on the Loman kitchen, where Happy enters looking for Willy.
I just couldn't make it, Linda. He travels long distances to sell his wares, and he has recently suffered the indignity of being paid on a straight commission basis - an arrangement typically used with beginning salesmen. He now pins all his hopes on his sons, Biff and Happy, though they have not quite lived up to their youthful potential thus far. Biff has worked in a succession of jobs, perhaps because of his thieving ways. He moves into the living room and sees Linda.
She yells at them for abandoning Willy. Happy attempts to appease her, but Biff goes in search of Willy. He finds Willy planting seeds in the garden with a flashlight.
Biff approaches him to say goodbye and tries to bring him inside. Happy tries to calm Biff, but Biff and Willy erupt in fury at each other. Biff starts to sob, which touches Willy.
Linda soon calls out for Willy but gets no response. Biff and Happy listen as well. Biff states that Willy had the wrong dreams. Charley defends Willy as a victim of his profession. Ready to leave, Biff invites Happy to go back out West with him. Linda asks Willy for forgiveness for being unable to cry. Themes[ edit ] Reality and illusion[ edit ] Death of a Salesman uses flashbacks to present Willy's memory during the reality. The illusion not only "suggests the past, but also presents the lost pastoral life.
The more he indulges in the illusion, the harder it is for him to face reality. Biff is the only one who realizes that the whole family lived in the lies and tries to face the truth. Willy believes that the key to success is being well-liked, and his frequent flashbacks show that he measures happiness in terms of wealth and popularity.
Because of this, Willy thought that money would make him happy. He never bothered to try to be happy with what he had …"  Willy also believes that to attain success, one must have a suitable personality. According to another analyst, "He believes that salesmanship is based on 'sterling traits of character' and 'a pleasing personality. His mantra goes: "Why, boys, when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out.
He laughs. And by God I was rich. Meaning that he can and cannot see at the same time, since his way of seeing or visualizing the future is completely wrong. Willy criticizes Charley and Bernard throughout the play, but it is not because he hates them. Rather, it's argued that he is jealous of the successes they have enjoyed, which is outside his standards. Charley has no time for Willy's theories of business, but he provides for his family and is in a position to offer Willy a do-nothing job to keep him bringing home a salary.
Bloom 51  Reception[ edit ] This section relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. Drama critic John Gassner wrote that "the ecstatic reception accorded Death of Salesman has been reverberating for some time wherever there is an ear for theatre, and it is undoubtedly the best American play since A Streetcar Named Desire.
London responses were mixed, but mostly favorable. The Times criticized it, saying that "the strongest play of New York theatrical season should be transferred to London in the deadest week of the year. Some people, such as Eric Keown, think of Death of a Salesman as "a potential tragedy deflected from its true course by Marxist sympathies.
It was said that "it was impossible to get the audience to leave the theatre"[ by whom? The Berlin production was more successful than New York, possibly due to better interpretation. Biff learns that Willy is usually talking to him Biff during these private reveries.
Biff and Happy discuss women and the future. Both are dissatisfied with their jobs: Biff is discontent working for someone else, and Happy cannot be promoted until the merchandise manager dies. They contemplate buying a ranch and working together. At this point, Willy relives several scenes from his past, including the time when, during high school, Biff admits to stealing a football and promises to throw a pass for Willy during the game.
Willy also remembers his old dream of the boys visiting him in Boston during a road trip. Finally in his reverie, he relives the time that Bernard, son of the next-door neighbor Charley, informs Willy that Biff is failing math and will not graduate unless his scores improve. In this last scene, Willy listens but dismisses the important news because Biff is "well-liked," and Bernard is not.
Willy remembers a conversation with Linda in which he inflates his earnings but is then forced to admit he exaggerated when Linda calculates his commission. Willy recalls complaining about his appearance and remembers Linda assuring him that he is attractive. At this point, Willy's memories begin to blend together.
While he is reliving his conversation with Linda, he begins to remember his conversation with the Woman a woman with whom he had an affair. He is unable to separate memories of Linda from the Woman. The play continues in the present with his neighbor Charley coming over to play cards. However, Uncle Ben appears to Willy while he is playing cards with Charley, and Willy relives an old conversation with Ben while simultaneously talking with Charley.
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Happy tries to calm Biff, but Biff and Willy erupt in fury at each other. Howard leaves and Willy gets angry. They leave their father at the restaurant who is busy in dreaming and reliving the past. Linda struggles as she tries to decide what to do about this development.
Biff tells her that he knows Willy is a fake, but he refuses to elaborate. He needs Willy to keep selling to the clients in the New England area. Before Linda and Willy go to bed, Linda questions Willy: She wants to know what Biff is holding against him, but Willy refuses to answer. Bernard: Charley's son. Charley defends Willy as a victim of his profession. He vacillates between different eras of his life.
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Biff and Happy listen as well.
If Biff can receive the loan from his former employer, than it will mean a bright future for the boys. He tells them all that they are living in a lie. Linda reminds Willy that Biff has to return a football that he stole, and she adds that Biff is too rough with the neighborhood girls. As Biff and Happy, dissatisfied with their lives, fantasize about buying a ranch out West, Willy becomes immersed in a daydream. How can I insult him that way? Biff steals because he wants evidence of success, even if it is false evidence, but overall Biff remains a realist and informs Willy that he is just a normal guy and will not be a great man.
Biff is sure that Bill would not see him and there is no question of getting a business loan from him as he had stolen a pen from him some time ago. She further states that Willy has been attempting suicide. Both leave, and though the daydream ends, Willy continues to mutter to himself. Charley enters and sees Bernard off. Willy speaks optimistically to Biff about the game. Then Biff realizes that he was never a salesman for Oliver; instead, he was a shipping clerk.
Willy remembers a conversation with Linda in which he inflates his earnings but is then forced to admit he exaggerated when Linda calculates his commission. He accepts, but Linda intervenes and reminds him of Dave Singleman. Biff approaches him to say goodbye and tries to bring him inside. Charley scolds Willy for always needing to be liked and angrily gives him the money. Willy and Biff finally tell each other how they feel, which makes Willy understand that his son loves him. Howard Wagner: Willy's boss.
The Berlin production was more successful than New York, possibly due to better interpretation. Calling Charley his only friend, Willy exits on the verge of tears. He worships Biff and does anything for him. They are living in the illusion. Willy accidentally calls Charley Ben. Stanley gives him directions to one, and Willy hurries off.