In act 2, Willy talks wistfully about another salesman. What is so alluring about this former salesman to Willy?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dave Singleman was the man Willy admires. Note the symbolism of his name...Singleman...Willy longs to not be tied down by his responsibilities. Dave lived a long life, and was so succcessful that in later years he no longer had to go on the road (something Willy wants to do as well.) He had made a success of his career and reaps the rewards of money, contentment, and relaxation.

Here is the passage in which Willy explains his admiration:

His name was Dave Singleman. And he was eighty-four years old, and he'd drummed merchandise in thirty-one states. And old Dave, he'd go up to his room, y'understand, put on his green velet slippers -- I'll never forget -- and pick up his phone and call the buyers without ever leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want."

freakingenius | Student

his last name is singleman and it represents Willy's longing no longer to be tied down by the many things that he is responsible for in life. he admires this man because he is somewhat free, his life isn't constricted or restricted by the things that he must accompliah. in Willy's eyes he is successfull and that is his life long dream therfore he admires this man and pays much respect and due to him.

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Death of a Salesman

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