In the play, Arthur Miller provides ample setting description and stage directions about the Lomans' house and neighborhood before the action begins with Willy's entrance.
Three items are directly relevant to the point of attack: the flute music that will serve as a motif, the directions that mention flashbacks, and the sound Willy makes.
A word-sigh escapes his lips — it might be "Oh, boy, oh, boy."
He is otherwise silent as he enters his house from outside.
The first line of dialogue belongs to Linda, and Scene 1 is a conversation between her and Willy. It clearly establishes several important aspects of the plot and of their marriage.
Willy is at a major breaking point, we will later learn, but from the opening lines we only suspect that things have not been going well in the past few days. Willy cut short his...
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