"Pop, I'm a dime a dozen and so are you."
"You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away. A man is not a piece of fruit."
"To suffer fifty weeks a year for the sake of a two-week vacation."
"When I was seventeen, I walked into the jungle. And by twenty-one, I walked out. And by God, i
was rich!" Uncle Ben
"When a deposit bottle is broken, you don't get your nickle back." Charlie
"He died the death of a salesman, in his green velvet slippers.
"After all the highways, and the trains, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive."
"We never told the truth in the house for ten minutes." Biff
"I looked up and I saw they sky .
.. and I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been."
"He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong." Biff
"My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women, and still, goddamit, I'm lonely." Happy
"I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good
dream. It's the only dream you can have-to come out number-one man. He fought it out here,
and this is where I'm gonna win it for him." – Happy
As a flute melody plays,
Loman returns to his home in Brooklyn one night, exhausted
from a failed sales trip. His wife,
, tries to persuade him to ask his boss,
to let him work in New York so that he won’t have to travel. Willy says that he will talk to
Howard the next day. Willy complains that
, his older son who has come back home to visit,
has yet to make something of himself. Linda scolds Willy for being so critical, and Willy goes to
the kitchen for a snack.As Willy talks to himself in the kitchen, Biff and his younger brother,
, who is also visiting, reminisce about their adolescence and discuss their father’s
babbling, which often includes criticism of Biff’s failure to live up to Willy’s expectations. As
Biff and Happy, dissatisfied with their lives, fantasize about buying a ranch out West, Willy
becomes immersed in a daydream. He praises his sons, now younger, who are washing his car.
The young Biff, a high school football star, and the young Happy appear. They interact
affectionately with their father, who has just returned from a business trip. Willy confides in Biff
and Happy that he is going to open his own business one day, bigger than that owned by his
. Charley’s son,
, enters looking for Biff, who must study for math
class in order to avoid failing. Willy points out to his sons that although Bernard is smart, he is
not “well liked,” which will hurt him in the long run.
A younger Linda enters, and the boys leave to do some chores. Willy boasts of a phenomenally
successful sales trip, but Linda coaxes him into revealing that his trip was actually only meagerly
successful. Willy complains that he soon won’t be able to make all of the payments on their
appliances and car. He complains that people don’t like him and that he’s not good at his job. As