Death of a Salesman Quotes

Sequence one page 1-15
STATEMENT
Willy has a high opinion of him
self.
QUOTE
“I’m vital in New England”
Willy has a contradictory
nature
“Biff is a lazy bum!”
“Biff he’s not lazy.”
SETTING Willy’s garden is
slowly being killed.
BIFF has a bad relation ship
with his father
“The grass don’t grow
anymore.”
“Why does dad mock me all
the time?”
BIFF is as confused as his
father
“I’m not married, I’m not in
business,… I’m like a boy.”
COMMENT
Willy over inflates the truth,
over exaggeration. Also blame
others rather than self.
He is confused he goes from
attacking Biff to defending him
over the course of a page.
Symbolic of Willy’s life
Feels constant pressure from
father that he is not good
enough.
Enjoys working on a farm in
the outdoors but feels he is a
failure for not doing well in
business.
Sequence two page 16 to 27
STATEMENT
Willy’s response to Biff stealing
a football
Willy tell the boys about his
trip
Willy’s view of Bernard and
business
Willy is not the success he
makes out.
Willys mistress, why?
We learn the true picture of
Biff
QUOTE
“he’s gotta practice with a
regulation ball, doesn’t he?
Coach’ll probably congratulate
you on your initiative.”
“I can park my car in any street
in New England, and the cops
protect it like their own.”
“Because a man who makes an
appearance in the business
world… is the man that gets
ahead. Be liked and you will
never want.
“people don’t seem to take to
me… laugh at me… Im fat.”
“I picked you.”
“too rough with the girls,”
COMMENT
Willy forces the wrong ideals
onto the boys. Ok to steal as
long as you’re well liked.
Willy over exaggerates his
popularity to the boys.
Education and intelligence is
not enough. Popularity is what
you need to succeed.
Obviously this is not true.
Reality different from Willys
big ideas.
Willys weak cant resist the ego
boost.
Beneath the veneer of
popularity Biff is not a very
nice guy.
Sequence 3 P 27 -35
STATEMENT
Willys mixed up ideals
Bens who Willy Idolises
QUOTE
“A man who can’t handle tools
is not a man. You’re
disgusting.”
“I was seventeen I walked into
the jungle, and when I was
twenty-one I walked out. And
COMMENT
This however is the very thing
that Willy berates Biff for.
Ben is a brave, adventurous
figure the opposite of Willy.
Bens view of the world
Willys relation ship with boys
by God I was rich.”
“Never fight fair with a
stranger, boy. You’ll never get
out of the jungle that way.”
“ They’d go into the jaws of
hell for me”
Sums up Bens view of business
and life in general.
Willy and the boys used to be
very close boys idolised him.
Sequence 4 p 36-43
STATEMENT
Willy supported Biff
QUOTE
“Diamond watch fob… You
pawned it … for Biffs
correspondence course.”
“we don’t belong in this
nuthouse of a city! We should
be mixing cement on some
open plain, or – or carpenters.
COMMENT
Again proof how much Willy
loves Biff.
QUOTE
“That is a one-million-dollar
idea!”
“He did like me. Always liked
me.”
“Like a young god. Hercules”
COMMENT
Willy pleased when boys
follow his dream.
Begins to gain confidence and
self belief.
Willy had such high
expectations for Biff and Biff
has not lived up to them.
QUOTE
“Will you stop mending
stockings?”
COMMENT
Reminds Willy of the big secret
his mistress.
STATEMENT
The reality of business
QUOTE
“ Cause you gotta admit,
business is business.”
Willys outrage
“You can’t eat the orange and
throw the peel away – a man is
not a piece of fruit!”
COMMENT
This is the opposite of Willys
idea, personality doesn’t
matter only money.
Here the imagery sums up
what has happened to Willy he
has been used up all his worth
taken out of him and now he is
being tossed aside(sacked).
Biffs internal conflict
Biff like Willy is confused and
is drawn to the outdoors but
the business world keeps
pulling him back. Repetition of
or shows confusion.
Sequence 5 P 43-49
STATEMENT
Will is excited by Boys idea
Biff fall under the spell
Willy remembers young Biff
ACT 2 Sequence 6 P 50-54
STATEMENT
Willys guilt
Sequence 7 P 55-61
Sequence 8 P61-66
STATEMENT
Bens statement of success
QUOTE
“Lay your hand on it. Where is
COMMENT
Only what you have that
it?”
counts not dreams of the
future.
QUOTE
“The only thing you got in the
world is what you can sell.
And the funny thing is that
you’re a salesman, and you
don’t know that.”
COMMENT
All Willys ideas about
popularity and being well liked
are worthless if you are not
making money.
STATEMENT
Biff breaks free of the Dream
QUOTE
We’ve been talking in a dream
for fifteen years.”
Biffs view of his father
“A fine troubled prince. A
hardworking, unappreciated
prince.”
“He wouldn’t listen to you…
You fake! You phoney little
fake! You fake!
COMMENT
Biff casts off the illusion that
they have created for
themselves.
Willy done the wrong things
for the right reasons.
Sequence 9 P 66-73
STATEMENT
Charley states how business
works.
Sequence 10 P 73-93
The secret is discovered
Biffs vision of his father is
shattered by the affair, he
feels betrayed and lied to. He
cant trust anything his father
said.
Sequence 11 P93-105
STATEMENT
Willy planning his suicide
QUOTE
“he thinks I’m nothing so he
spites me. But the funeral…
the boy will be thunderstruck..
he’ll see what I am.
Biff confronts Willy
“The man don’t know who we
are… We never told the truth
for ten minutes in this house!”
“I never got anywhere because
you blew me so full of hot air”
“The work and the food and
time to sit and smoke… all I
want is out there.
Biff has realised what he wants
Willy has a realisation
“He cried! Cried to me.”
COMMENT
He thinks his death will
improve Biffs opinion of him,
just like Dave Singleman.
However it turns out to have
the opposite effect.
Biff confronts Willy with the
truth.
The life in the outdoors in the
country working with his
hands is a role they are all best
suited for.
He finally realises that Biff
loves him.