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What are some of the reasons Howard fires Willie after 35 years?need to show...

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sewdebit | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:34 AM via web

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What are some of the reasons Howard fires Willie after 35 years?

need to show personality and disturbing behavoirs that led to his down fall

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:38 AM (Answer #1)

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In the play "Death of a Salesman" one of the main reasons that Howard fires Willie after 35 years is because he is losing it mentally.  He engages in belligerent arguments with staff and then goes in to Howard's office upset. Howard has observed Willy's inability to make any sales any more and he is no use to the company.  He offers Willy an out by offering him to move to a different territory.  I believe he did this because he thought it would get Willy to recognize his short comings and quit.

Willy keeps having to borrow money in order to survive and has become a financial drain on the company as well as a liability.

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM (Answer #2)

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1) Willy is an embarrassment. He's an old-style salesman, and it's a new world. Selling is no longer done with a joke and slap on the back.

2) He's tired and he looks it. He's also been driving erratically and he's smashed up his car.

3) He's not pulling his weight. He was never a top salesman for his firm and now he is bringing in very little money.

4) And yes, as mentioned above, Willy is losing it. His angry conformation with Howard in Howard's office was just the last straw; Howard had been wanting to let Willy go for some time.

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sewdebit | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM (Answer #3)

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sorry I hit the wrong rating star - the answer was great.  Thank you

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