What are the roles of the minor characters in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller?

Expert Answers
thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bernard: Charley`s son. His success and thoughtful character contrast with the failures of Willy`s sons.

Miss Forsythe and Letta: Women with who Biff and Happy flirt at a restaurant. Examples of superficial relationships.

Jenny: Secretary to Howard. Shows a realistic perception of Willy.

Ben Loman: Successful older brother of Willy and role model.

Happy Loman: Younger son of Willy. Follows his father's dream.

Linda Loman: Wife to Willy. Co-dependent in a sense. Holds the family together.

Stanley: Waiter.

Howard Wagner: Boss who is successful but not compassionate. Eventually fires Willy.

The Woman: Willy had an affair with her. The affair is crucial to the plot. The Woman is not really fleshed out as a character.

Unlock This Answer Now

Read the study guide:
Death of a Salesman

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question