Willy and Biff

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Willy Loman returns home from a trip early, carrying two bags and mumbling. Willy explains that he came home early because he kept forgetting that he was driving. At his wife’s suggestion, Willy decides to ask his boss tomorrow for a sales job in NY so he can stop traveling. Willy and Linda discuss their grown sons, Biff and Happy, who are sleeping upstairs. Willy’s relationship with Biff is rocky because his son is thirty-four and can’t hold a steady job. In his mind, Willy relives happy times when he and his teenage boys are celebrating their own supposed popularity. Biff tells his father that he’s stolen a football (although he uses the term "borrowed") in order to practice his game. Willy tells his son to return it, but he obviously doesn’t care about the theft. Willy goes into advice/bragging mode and tells his sons how great American towns are, and how welcome he is made to feel in all of the cities he sells in. Linda enters and Willy can’t help but brag some more. He tells her he’s extremely well liked, that he made a killing on his recent trip. In actuality, he didn’t do well, he’s insecure, and they’re in debt. Willy suddenly gets worked up at his failure in business and says people just don’t like him very much. His next pubic announcement is that he’s struggling because he’s ugly and fat. Willy’s troubled mind flashes to a lady in his life . . . and it’s not Linda. This other woman is dressing and they are joking in a sexually suggestive way. Willy has given her some stockings, which really should have gone to his wife. Willy’s mind flashes back to his conversation with Linda about his recent trip. Willy notices Linda mending her old stockings and he snaps at her; he doesn’t want her to mend them when he’s around. The scene shifts to yet another one of Willy’s flashbacks. Bernard, the son of Willy’s neighbor Charley, comes running in, screaming and…...

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