Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman

The key points about Willy and his family in Death of a Salesman

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Willy Loman Background Info

Willy is 63 years old, a travelling salesman, although it is unclear what Willy actually sells. His main areas of work are Boston and New England. He has a wife Linda and two sons, Biff and Happy. Biff is his definate favourite son, Willy idolises Biff.

Has been a travellig salesman for 46 years, but this means nothing to his boss, Howard. The key part of The American Dream is to have money and to own alot of things. Willys goal in life is to reach the American Dream which he fails to do, all his life he wanted to get the American Dream. Eventually Willy makes the altimate sacrifice by making sure that his son Biff reaches the American Dream. He does this by killing himself and his life insurance is what will help Biff get the American Dream.  

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Biff and Happy Loman

Happy - tries to please Willy the whole time always trying to get attention. He becomes a salesman just like Willy wanted his sons to be like. Happy is carring on Willy's dream. Happy lives a relaxed and flippent lifestyle having affairs with married women to make himself feel wanted and get attention from someone.

Biff - works as a farm hand, has no real goal in life. in high school he was set to be a football player, but he failed his Math and so couldn't get into college. Biff knows that Willy was having an affair, he has never forgiven his father for cheating on his mother. Linda doesn't realise why Biff and Willy dont get a long.

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