During one of the memories, he recalls an encounter with his long-lost older brother, Ben. Suddenly, when Willy goes to the bathroom, Biff, out of frustration, leaves the restaurant. Then Willy goes to his neighbor, Charley, for a loan. The boys tell Willy about their plans, and Willy thinks that together the two could absolutely conquer the world. It's no coincidence that there's a more successful brother, Ben, for Willy to compare himself to. I'm one dollar an hour, Willy.
Willy was always jealous of the neighbor, Charley, who owned his own business. Biff approaches Willy in the garden to tell him he is leaving home for good. During high school, Biff was an awesome football player and on track to be a big star in life but he messed up and now just floats around life not accomplishing anything big. Biff cannot find himself, instead he has been wandering the American West going from job to job looking for the one job which fits his needs, which is working on farms and with his hands. He documented his experiences in the book Salesman in Beijing, published in 1984 with photographs by his wife, Inge Morath.
Miller wanted to explore the American way of life, the condition of dreaming and losing, and always working. Willy asks him where he can find a seed store. That is no way to pursue the American Dream because part of the American Dream is having a happy family. In other words, because he recollects such wonderful memories of order and success, these qualities should still exist for him in the present. He has trouble remembering things and sometimes slips back and forth between the present and memories. And by God, I was rich.
He asks about his son, Biff, who has just come home for a visit after being away for a long time. Happy tries to calm Biff, but Biff and Willy erupt in fury at each other. Before Willy gets there Happy talks with the waiter, Stanley, and also meets a girl named Miss Forsythe. He made his money working in the diamond mines in Africa. Like when Biff tells him about getting denied for a loan, Willy refuses to hear how it went bad and instead tells Biff it went well.
His boss Howard is listening to a tape of his family talking. Stanley gives him directions to one, and Willy hurries off. The emerging portrait is one of a family with four deeply unhappy members. Biff is home after working as a farm hand for many years in the West. Willy returns home and begins building a garden, even though it is night.
Linda tells him that people like him. Howard is playing with some sound machine. Rather, she is dependable and kind, perpetually attempting to smooth out conflicts that Willy might encounter. He thinks he is living in an earlier time in his life. Willy and The Woman flirt, and she thanks him for giving her stockings.
In 1952, Miller wrote , a play about the 1692 Salem witch trials that functioned as an allegory for the purges among entertainers and media figures by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Biff is recruited by three colleges to play sports for them, but Biff's grades are so poor he is in danger of not graduating. Bernard is on his way out of town. Willy had this dream to become a big hotshot. He is not respected, however, because he has lost the ability to sell merchandise effectively.
Biff was once a high school football star, but he could never embrace Willy's concept of success. Plot Summary: Act I We start with Willy, who is in his 60s. All of a sudden, Willy has another flashback of his brother, Ben, who is now dead. During the game Willy thinks his dead brother, Ben, is in the room with them. Linda, now mending stockings, reassures him.
Both are dissatisfied with their jobs: Biff is discontent working for someone else, and Happy cannot be promoted until the merchandise manager dies. They interact affectionately with their father, who has just returned from a business trip. He remembers again Ben offering him a job in Alaska but Linda telling him to say no. Then they argue and Biff cries. Charley talks about how Willy was a salesman and Biff says that Willy was more happy working with his hands. Biff calls and Linda tells him how happy Willy is.
He tells Linda that he kept swerving onto the shoulder of the road, but Linda thinks that it must be faulty steering in the car. But not for me, of course. Suspense Willy starts chatting with the imaginary figure of his brother and considers killing himself. Biff is left waiting in his former boss, Bill Oliver's office for six hours and he only sees Bill, as he is leaving for the day. During this time, many Americans were stepping back for a bit of self- analysis, both as a county, and as individuals. Linda tries to add something but Willy snaps at her. At first Willy hesitates, complaining that his boss Howard does not respect his contributions to the company and might not listen to him, but Linda encourages Willy to tell Howard of his accomplishments.