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ACT ONE Shelby Ford 1. Why is Willy home? Why is Linda alarmed that he’s home? Willy is home because he couldn’t concentrate on the road and was afraid, he was going to crash. Linda was alarmed because the last time he was home he had crashed his car and she was scared it happened again. 2. Why is Willy annoyed at Biff? How does he describe Biff? What does this tell us about Willy? Willy is annoyed with Biff because he doesn’t have a steady job and works on a farm. Willy describes Bigg as lazy but also a hard worker and he can be moody but is happy. Willy’s description of Biff makes Billy out to be contradicting towards himself showing he is incapable of having a steady mind. 3. How has the neighborhood changed? Why does it matter to the story that his surroundings are no longer the way they used to be? The neighborhood used to be grass and fields, but now it has houses and cars. 4. How does Linda treat Willy? How do the boys feel about him? Is Biff trying to spite Willy? Why does Biff come home in the spring? Linda treats Willy like another child. Willy put everything into Biff when they were young and Happy was overlooked. Even as an adult Happy looks for his father's approval. The relationship with Biff is crushed when he finds out about the other woman. Biff came home in the spring because he failed his math course and he comes home to work when he has time. 5. Why won’t Happy go out West with Biff, and why won’t Biff stay? Why doesn’t either son get married and settle down? Happy prefers to stay with his family and he has a job in New York. He sleeps with his boss’s wives and takes things to move up in his career/business. Willy is unhappy that his sons don’t want to get married, but they want a family like their mother. 6. How does Willy act toward the boys when they are young? How do they act toward him? How does Willy feel about Charley and Bernard? Willy uses favoritism towards Biff because of his athletic abilities and it leaves Happy in his shadow. Both boys looked up to their dad when they were younger. Willy thinks Bernard isn’t going anywhere in life and he is jealous of Charley because of his success.
7. What does Willy’s reaction to Biff’s theft of the football tell us about Willy? He says the boys look like Adonises. What other clues show that Willy believes in appearances? Willy thought nothing when Biff stole a football and laughed about it. He figured that Biff could use some practice with the stolen football, which shows favoritism towards Biff. Willy believes you have to be popular and good looking to be successful. 8. Willy praises and then curses the Chevrolet; he tells Linda that he’s very well liked, and then says that people don’t seem to take to him. What do these inconsistencies tell us about Willy?

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