A shift takes place between Act I and Act II

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A shift takes place between Act I and Act II. This first scene seems very promising because things  appear to be working out. Although Act I, Scene 12 ends amicably, the only reason Biff and Willy are  no longer fighting is because it is bedtime. If the scene continued, another argument would likely  erupt. Surprisingly enough, things still remain peaceful in the morning, when Act II begins. Biff is  finally pursuing gainful employment, and Willy is more optimistic and confident than he has been  throughout the entire play. He does not exaggerate anything, nor is he afflicted by distant memories  of happier times. He is cordial to Linda, and resolute in his decision to confront Howard. Linda is  relieved and ecstatic that Willy is acting like his old self. It appears that everything is finally looking  up for Willy and his family.
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