The play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman's life. The play concludes with Willy's suicide and subsequent funeral.
Characters[ edit ] William "Willy" Loman: He is 63 years old and unstable, insecure, and self-deluded. Willy tends to re-imagine events from the past as if they were real. He vacillates between different eras of his life. Willy seems childlike and relies on others for support, coupled with his recurring flashbacks to various moments throughout his career.
His first name, Willy, reflects this childlike aspect as well as sounding like the question "Will he? Linda is passively supportive and docile when Willy talks unrealistically about hopes for the future, although she seems to have a good knowledge of what is really going on. She chides her sons, particularly Biff, for not helping Willy more, and supports Willy lovingly even though Willy sometimes treats her poorly, ignoring her opinions over those of others.
She is the first to realize that Willy is contemplating suicide at the beginning of the play, and urges Biff to make something of himself, while expecting Willy to help Biff do so.
Biff was a football star with a lot of potential in high school, but failed math his senior year and dropped out of summer school when he saw Willy with another woman while visiting him in Boston. He likes being outdoors and working with his hands, yet wants to do something worthwhile so Willy will be proud of him.
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. He has a restless lifestyle as a womanizer and dreams of moving beyond his current job as an assistant to the assistant buyer at the local store, but he is willing to cheat a little in order to do so, by taking bribes.
He is always looking for approval from his parents, but he rarely gets any, and he even goes as far as to make things up just for attention, such as telling his parents he is going to get married. He pities Willy and frequently lends him money and comes over to play cards with him, although Willy often treats him poorly.
Charley offers Willy a job many times during visits to his office, yet Willy declines every time, even after he loses his job as a salesman. He worships Biff and does anything for him. Later, he is a very successful lawyer, married, and expecting a second son — the same successes that Willy wants for his sons, in particular Biff.
Bernard makes Willy contemplate where he has gone wrong as a father. He is dead, but Willy frequently speaks to him in his hallucinations of the past. He however sees Willy as a liability for the company and fires him, ignoring all the years that Willy has given to the company.
Howard is extremely proud of his wealth, which is manifested in his new wire recorder, and of his family. A waiter at the restaurant who seems to be friends or acquainted with Happy. A girl whom Happy picks up at the restaurant. She is very pretty and claims she was on several magazine covers.
Happy lies to her, making himself and Biff look like they are important and successful. Happy claims that he attended West Point and that Biff is a star football player.
Summary[ edit ] Willy Loman returns home exhausted after a business trip he has cancelled. Willy complains to Linda that their son, Biff, has yet to make good on his life.
Willy walks in, angry that the two boys have never amounted to anything.A list of all the characters in Death of a Salesman.
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a play about a traveling salesman who rethinks life following a demotion. As the play opens, sixty-year-old Willy Loman, is losing himself in his memories. As the play opens, sixty-year-old Willy . Death of a Salesman study guide contains a biography of Arthur Miller, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Home / Literature / Death of a Salesman / Brief Summary ; Seeing that her husband is no longer able to do his job as a traveling salesman, Willy’s wife, Linda, suggests that he ask his boss, Howard, to give him a local office job at the New York headquarters. Willy thinks that getting the new job is a.
The Death of a Salesman characters covered include: Willy Loman, Biff Loman, Linda Loman, Happy Loman, Charley, Bernard, Ben, The Woman, Howard Wagner, Stanley, . Mar 16, · In “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, the director Mike Nichols has created an immaculate monument to a great American caninariojana.comon: W.
47th St, Midtown West. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Death of a Salesman Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays. Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that was first performed in Summary.
Plot Overview; Summary & Analysis; See a . Arthur Miller: Characters: Willy Loman Linda Loman Biff Loman Happy Loman Ben Loman Bernard Charley The Woman Howard: Death of a Salesman is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Summary.
Willy Loman returns home Genre: Tragedy. “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller is a short story about two characters, Willy Loman and his son Biff Loman. At the beginning of the story, Willy and Linda, Willy’s wife, talk to each other about Willy finding a job close to his home city, New York, since Linda is worried about Willy.
Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" has been described as an American tragedy. That is very easy to see, but perhaps it isn’t the blustery, senile salesman Willy Loman who experiences tragedy.
That is very easy to see, but perhaps it isn’t the blustery, senile salesman Willy Loman who experiences tragedy.