Some believe that if he did indeed sell sporting goods, that the work situation would be more laid back. Some may conclude from Willy's high-flying remarks about Bill Oliver who sells sporting goods that he may sell something of that type; however there are also other ideas because of the fact th … at he seems to go to very professional offices. Linda suggests that Biff is still 'looking' for himself. It also doesn't make sense then why Biff would steal a foot ball from the locker room at school as Willy would be able to get him one for free. Ben repeats that when he walked into the jungle he was seventeen, and when he walked out he was twenty-one and fantastically rich. His home now represents the reduction of his hopes.
Happy attempts to appease her, but Biff goes in search of Willy. Willy and Linda's elder son. She is wise, warm, and sympathetic. Willy yells at Charley, who leaves. Willy was a young man with ambitious hopes for the future, and his house represented a space in which he could expand his dreams. There is the present broken, exhausted man in his sixties, soon to end his life. As the scene continues with great intensity, Biff refuses to tell Linda why he and Willy are estranged, but he does offers to stay and get a job in New York.
Why, Biff can fell any one of these trees in no time! Miller has something to say to the world through this play about the innate dignity of people. Death of a Salesman uses the relationship between the father and son as a social critique to examine the shortcomings of the American Dream as well as what it means to be happy. As Willy is talking to Linda about Biff, he says that he's lazy and that's why he's a failure. Linda once again acts as the conscience and voice of reason in the household, berating Biff and Happy for their lack of concern for their father. Finding out about Willy's affair made Biff realize his father's life was a charade. It's clearhe missed his calling and his chance for a good life lay beyond theconfines of his Brooklyn neighborhood. This continues to foreshadow what happened when Biff sought out Willy on the road when he fails the test mentioned by Bernard.
Instead, it was his work, coming before his family, his friends, and even himself. The New York Times has expressed the tragedy In Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman readers are introduced to Willy, an ambitious salesman who just can't seem to get a break despite his drive. He says that people will come from miles around, because he is well-known and well-liked, but Ben says he is a coward. This again sets up a question the story will answer, and again the question is set out so the audience clearly hears it. This is another aspect of popular stories, this process of taking the audience on a journey to deeper truths unlike the more diffuse experiences of life.
Biff and Happy discuss women and the future. The phone rings, and Linda chats with Biff, reminding him to be nice to his father at the restaurant that night. Biff says to Willy, 'I saw the things that I love in this world. Stanley gives him directions to one, and Willy hurries off. Characters in a story define themselves by what they want.
The tension in the scene builds until Willy leaves, but the question of whether Biff will go up to see Willy one more time for a re-approachment comes up. The promise of the play, then, is that we experience the death of one man's dream while we continue to believe in our own dreams, deluded or otherwise. The staging of these scenes that mix the past and present are handled with great skill. Ben leaves, wishing Willy good luck on whatever he does. A younger Linda enters, and the boys leave to do some chores. Happy lies to people, especially women, luring them to trust him, only to betray them. They operate in the world outside as part of the impersonal forces that corrupt.
It is one of his only memories of his father. This acts out that Willy has drifted into a mental fog, and also a recurring structure in the story, that what Willy says in one moment is often soon contradicted. Now that life is closing in on Willy, he desperately wants something to grow, to plant something that has life, but his attempts are futile, both in his efforts in the back yard and in his efforts with his sons. Charley tells him that the jails are full of fearless characters, but Ben says that so is the stock exchange. Happy once again brags about losing weight, showing his focus on physical appearance and athleticism, while Biff steals from the nearby construction site. While Willy plays cards with Charley, he speaks to Ben, and relieves the idea that if he'd just gone off with Ben as a young man, he would have been more successful. He did not set a good example to his sons by not admitting his faults.
The better the salesperson, the more salesmanship he or she will display. Prior to his Boston trip, Biff adored Willy. Calling Charley his only friend, Willy exits on the verge of tears. To suffer fifty weeks a year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. He praises his sons, now younger, who are washing his car.