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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller by Mind Map: Death of a Salesman 
by Arthur Miller
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Plot

The story takes place in a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. It is about an aged business man named Willy Loman who is failing, or at least struggling very deeply, with his job and his family alike. He has two boys, Biff and Happy Lowman, and a wife named Linda. The play also reveals that he has a few hidden things in his secretive "work life." He has a mistress. He sees her every once in a while he is "out for business." At the end of the novel, Willy commits suicide.

Major Theme

Pursuit of Success

It's all about Willy and his struggle to come out on top and his desire to be like his brother (a successful man) and to have his children also prosper. There is also an underlying theme in the novel which is about family. The lack of respect that is demonstrated in between the men in the family is combated with the love and hope that Willy has for his children. It seems as though Willy doesnt seem to like his kids very much but he wants them to succeed and to not follow in his footsteps of failure

Tone

Over Exhausted/Frustrated

Due to Willy's attitude and how dominant it is in the story., BIFF: "Will you let me go, for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens? " BIFF: "Pop, I'm a dime a dozen and so are you..." WILLY: "A hundred and twenty dolalrs! My God, if business doesn't pick up I don't know what i'm gonna do!"

Main Characters

Willy Loman

Very insecure; traveling salesman; believes in American Dream-easy success and wealth; jealous of Charley; crashes his car and dies

Linda Loman

Willy's wife; helps him through the difficulties; more realistic; always supports him

Biff Loman

First son, 34; great at football; loved in high school; has kleptomania

Happy Loman

Second son, 32; lives in Biff's shadow; works as an assistant to an assistant buyer in a store; has bad business

Charley

Next door neighbor; owns successful business; son named Bernard; helps Willy pay for bills by lending him money

Minor Characters

Ben Loman

Willy's older brother; wealthy; died and appears in Willy's daydreams; symbol of success

Bernard

Charley's son; important, successful lawyer; friends with Willy's sons; sees Biff as a hero

Howard Wagner

Willy's boss; inherited company from his father; eventually fires Willy

Stanley

Happy's friend; waiter at Frank's Chop House

Setting

Place

Brooklyn; New York; Boston

Time

late 1940's