What is a summary of Death of a Salesman act 1?  

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Death of a Salesman begins with Willy Loman entering his house and being greeted by his surprised wife, Linda. Willy has just returned from a business trip, but he wasn't due home for a few days. When Linda asks why he's home early, Willy confesses that he has had some trouble driving. Linda says he shouldn't be driving so much and suggests he ask his boss for a transfer to the New York office, as it would be much more convenient. Willy agrees and is sure that his boss will be okay with this, because of his loyalty to Willy.

Biff, Willy and Linda's eldest son, enters; he has just returned from a trip out west, where he was working as a farmhand. Willy believes that Biff is squandering his potential and doing so on purpose, but Biff is just not interested in the kind of career that Willy wants for him. In the meantime, Linda and Willy's younger son, Happy, arrives home, too. Happy has a menial job, but he is also very self-important and engages in questionable business practices.

As the night continues, Willy begins chatting with imaginary characters, including younger versions of Biff and Happy from high school. Eventually, everyone is awake due to Willy's conversations, so they all get up and are gathered in the kitchen. Linda admits to her sons that Willy's boss has cut his salary and that they are now living on half the income as before. She also notes that he may have tried to commit suicide. Linda sings to Willy to try to soothe him to sleep.

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The first act of the play "Death of a Salesman" introduces the Loman family. Willy Loman, the main character, is a traveling salesman; his adult sons, Happy and Biff, are visiting him and his wife Linda at their home in Brooklyn during the play. Willy is highly critical of his son Biff's lack of ambition, an opinion he had expressed to his family before leaving for work that morning, and Biff regrets not achieving the success that Willy had always expected of him. Happy has experienced more material success and has the approval of his father, but finds himself unsatisfied by his job. The two discuss traveling west to work on farms together, but Happy still desires corporate success. They also express concern over their father continually talking to himself. The act ends with Biff stating that he plans to ask his former boss, Bill Oliver, for a loan to buy a ranch of his own, a plan that Happy encourages; the two hear their father talking to himself yet again as they try to fall asleep.

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