Why is Willy's mood upbeat at the start of Act2? What does he expect to happen?

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khenson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Willy has tremendous hope at the beginning of Act 2.

Biff has a meeting with his old employer while Willy has a meeting with his current employer.  Sadly all hopes are crushed as Willy is fired and Biff is completely ignored.  The Loman family is kicked once again by society at large.

The family meal (notice Linda is not a part of the "celebration") at Frank's Chop House turns into a fiasco due to the harsh slap of reality across the faces of the Loman clan.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Willy has been duped by his reliance on an idealistic and unrealistic American Dream. Having been "caught up" by his sons plans to open a sporting good store, he begins Act II full of hope and energy. He imagines that Biff will get the loan from Oliver; that he, Willy, will get the transfer to a non-traveling job when he asks for it; that the boys will open their sporting store and become a huge success. When Linda tells him that the boys have said they want to take him to dinner, Willy imagines Biff announcing that he has received the loan while Willy himself announces that he has a new job.


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