Death of a Salesman Act II, Part 2: Summary and Analysis

Arthur Miller

Act II, Part 2: Summary and Analysis

Part 2 covers the action up to when Willy says “Put up your hands!” to Charley.

The previous section ends with Howard leaving his office. Willy remains and the lights change. Ben’s music begins to play, and Willy begins talking to him as he enters from the right carrying a suitcase and an umbrella. Ben tells Willy he has finished his business trip to Alaska and must soon board a boat to return to Africa. From this information the audience realizes that after getting fired Willy has begun daydreaming again and that a flashback has begun. Even though Ben is in a rush, Willy needs to talk to him: “Ben, nothing’s working out. I don’t know what to do.” Ben offers Willy a job supervising his...

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