Willy has built his life on the idea that being well liked is enough to be successful. I'm one dollar an hour, Willy. Willy tries to talk to Howard about the job change, but Howard tells him he just doesn't have a position open for him in the store. He ponders how would his death be profitable to his family, especially to Biff. There he encounters Bernard, who is now a successful lawyer, while the greatest thing Willy's son Biff ever achieved was playing high school football.
Biff finally explodes at Willy for being unwilling to listen. Biff is also surprised to see how gray his mother's hair has become, because he always thought of her as a young woman. Willy tells him to go back the next day. His boss Howard is listening to a tape of his family talking. Willy is very disappointed in Biff because he thinks Biff should be able to hold down a good job. At the restaurant where Willy is to meet his sons, Happy flirts with a woman and tells her that Biff is a quarterback with the New York giants.
Biff and Happy have made arrangements to meet Willy for dinner at Frank's Chop House. Biff and Happy are then at dinner together. If he had gone with Ben, Willy would been a bigshot. There's also Willy's older brother Ben. This is an example of how the family does not tell the truth about themselves.
Harold, Biff, and Willy are now in a restaurant, but Willy is not prepared to hear another bad news. This happens in the play a lot because Willy does not want to accept reality. She found some pipes and stuff used for suicide car exhaust in the garage method. They contemplate buying a ranch and working together. Willy returns home and begins building a garden, even though it is night. The play ends at his grave. His father's secretary, Jenny, enters and tells Bernard that Willy is shouting in the hallway.
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. Willy tells Biff that he cut his life down for spite, and refuses to take the blame for Biff's failure. Happy spends his time trying to garner some attention from his father, by telling him he has lost weight. Linda asks Willy for forgiveness for being unable to cry. He tells Linda and Happy.
Because he is no longer as productive a salesman as he once was, he has been demoted from salary to commission only wages and therefore his income is much lower than it used to be. His grown son is Bernard. He thinks that if there are a lot of people at the funeral, Biff might have respect for him and stop hating his guts. His son Biff, who has been laboring on farms and ranches throughout the West for more than a decade, has recently arrived home to figure out a new direction for his life. Willy says that he will talk to today and ask to be taken off the road.
The play was published in 1949 by Viking Press. Charley and Bernard, in his view, lack the natural charisma that the Loman men possess, which Willy believes is the real determinant of success. Then Howard comes in and fires Willy because he is a loser and is not selling anything in New England. And now for the horrible things. . He further tells him that he is wasting his time and talents. Willy shifts from his memory of Ben to Biff's last football game.
Willy is realizing throughout the play that he's living a fantasy, and not a very good one. This is, of course, closely tied in with the American Dream. Happy advises him to lie to Willy in order to keep his hope alive. So he has just been drifting from one manual labor job to the next. Meanwhile, Happy and Biff meet at a restaurant, waiting to treat their dad to a steak dinner.
They were divorced in 1961. After more arguing and reconciliation, everyone finally goes to bed. The boys share a happy moment with their father. Happy believes that he should not have to take orders at work from men over whom he is physically superior. Willy yells at him for not studying school. They are running away from the ground reality. Arthur Miller was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Manhattan.