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Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

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What likely happens to the Lomans after Willy's suicide in Death of a Salesman?

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Based on what the characters say, Biff will attempt to find a job and maintain it. He has realized that his ambitions and self-image were false and outstripped his actual talents, abilities, and even his interests. He has achieved a new humility and plans to act upon it to create a life based on reality, not dreams. 

Happy, on the other hand, dedicates himself to pursuing Willy's dream. He speaks at Willy's funeral to this end, stating that Willy's dream is the only dream a person can have. Happy aligns himself with Willy, in his flaws, his goals, and his delusions. 

We can predict that he will fail to achieve his dream as he is ill-equipped like Willy was to pursue the adventure and success that uncle Ben achieved.


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