Act I, Part 1: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Willy Loman: Linda’s husband, Biff and Happy’s father; the “salesman” of the play’s title

Linda: wife of Willy, mother of Biff and Happy

Biff: elder son of Willy and Linda

Happy: younger son of Willy and Linda, often simply called Hap

Part 1 covers the author’s pre-play description of the set, as well as the opening action until Linda says, “Be careful on the stairs, dear!”

Even before the characters appear on stage, the audience sees the set design. Miller’s description of the set is important as it establishes the tone of the play. The set shows both the inside and outside of Willy Loman’s humble house...

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