As a flute tune plays, Willy Loman returns to his house in Brooklyn one night, tired from an unsuccessful sales journey. His other half, Linda, tries to persuade him to ask his employer, Howard Wagner, to let him work in New york city so that he won’t have to travel. Willy says that he will talk to Howard the next day. Willy grumbles that Biff, his older boy who has come back house to check out, has yet to make something of himself. Linda scolds Willy for being so crucial, and Willy goes to the kitchen area for a snack.
As Willy speak with himself in the cooking area, Biff and his younger sibling, Happy, who is also visiting, reminisce about their teenage years and discuss their daddy’s babbling, which often consists of criticism of Biff’s failure to measure up to Willy’s expectations. As Biff and Pleased, dissatisfied with their lives, think about purchasing a ranch out West, Willy becomes immersed in a daydream. He praises his boys, now younger, who are washing his cars and truck. The young Biff, a high school football star, and the young Delighted appear. They engage passionately with their daddy, who has just returned from a service journey. Willy confides in Biff and Happy that he is going to open his own business one day, larger than that owned by his neighbor, Charley. Charley’s child, Bernard, goes into trying to find Biff, who need to study for mathematics class in order to avoid stopping working. Willy explains to his boys that although Bernard is clever, he is not “well liked,” which will harm him in the long run.
A younger Linda enters, and the young boys leave to do some tasks. Willy possesses a phenomenally effective sales journey, but Linda coaxes him into revealing that his journey was in fact only meagerly successful. Willy complains that he soon won’t be able to make all of the payments on their home appliances and automobile. He complains that people don’t like him and that he’s bad at his job. As Linda consoles him, he hears the laughter of his girlfriend. He approaches The Female, who is still chuckling, and engages in another reminiscent musing. Willy and The Lady flirt, and she thanks him for giving her stockings.
The Woman disappears, and Willy fades back into his previous daydream, in the kitchen. Linda, now healing stockings, assures him. He scolds her mending and orders her to throw the stockings out. Bernard bursts in, once again searching for Biff. Linda advises Willy that Biff needs to return a football that he took, and she includes that Biff is too rough with the area ladies. Willy hears The Lady laugh and explodes at Bernard and Linda. Both leave, and though the musing ends, Willy continues to murmur to himself. The older Delighted comes downstairs and tries to quiet Willy. Agitated, Willy yells his remorse about not going to Alaska with his bro, Ben, who ultimately discovered a diamond mine in Africa and prospered. Charley, having heard the commotion, goes into. Pleased goes off to bed, and Willy and Charley begin to play cards. Charley provides Willy a task, however Willy, insulted, refuses it. As they argue, Willy imagines that Ben goes into. Willy inadvertently calls Charley Ben. Ben checks Willy’s house and informs him that he needs to capture a train quickly to look at residential or commercial properties in Alaska. As Willy speak with Ben about the possibility of going to Alaska, Charley, seeing no one there, gets baffled and concerns Willy. Willy chews out Charley, who leaves. The more youthful Linda enters and Ben meets her. Willy asks Ben impatiently about his life. Ben states his travels and speak about their daddy. As Ben is about to leave, Willy visions even more, and Charley and Bernard enter to tell him that Biff and Delighted are stealing lumber. Although Ben eventually leaves, Willy continues to speak to him.
Back in today, the older Linda enters to find Willy outside. Biff and Pleased come downstairs and discuss Willy’s condition with their mom. Linda scolds Biff for judging Willy harshly. Biff tells her that he understands Willy is a phony, however he refuses to elaborate. Linda points out that Willy has attempted to dedicate suicide. Delighted grows angry and rebukes Biff for his failure in the business world. Willy goes into and yells at Biff. Happy intervenes and ultimately proposes that he and Biff go into the sporting items company together. Willy right away brightens and provides Biff a host of pointers about asking for a loan from one of Biff’s old employers, Expense Oliver. After more arguing and reconciliation, everyone finally goes to sleep.
Act II opens with Willy taking pleasure in the breakfast that Linda has actually made for him. Willy considers the bright-seeming future before snapping once again about his costly devices. Linda informs Willy that Biff and Happy are taking him out to dinner that night. Thrilled, Willy reveals that he is going to make Howard Wagner give him a New york city task. The phone rings, and Linda chats with Biff, reminding him to be great to his daddy at the restaurant that night.
As the lights fade on Linda, they come up on Howard playing with a wire recorder in his office. Willy attempts to broach the topic of operating in New york city, but Howard interrupts him and makes him listen to his kids and partner on the wire recorder. When Willy lastly gets a word in, Howard rejects his plea. Willy introduces into a prolonged recalling of how a famous salesman named Dave Singleman inspired him to enter into sales. Howard leaves and Willy gets angry. Howard soon re-enters and tells Willy to take a while off. Howard leaves and Ben enters, inviting Willy to join him in Alaska. The younger Linda goes into and reminds Willy of his children and job. The young Biff gets in, and Willy applauds Biff’s prospects and the fact that he is well liked.
Ben leaves and Bernard rushes in, excitedly awaiting Biff’s huge football video game. Willy speaks optimistically to Biff about the video game. Charley goes into and teases Willy about the video game. As Willy chases after Charley off, the lights rise on a different part of the phase. Willy continues shouting from offstage, and Jenny, Charley’s secretary, asks a full-grown Bernard to peaceful him down. Willy goes into and prattles on about a “very big offer” that Biff is dealing with. Intimidated by Bernard’s success (he points out to Willy that he is going to Washington to combat a case), Willy asks Bernard why Biff turned out to be such a failure. Bernard asks Willy what took place in Boston that made Biff decide not to go to summer school. Willy defensively tells Bernard not to blame him.
Charley enters and sees Bernard off. When Willy asks for more cash than Charley usually loans him, Charley once again offers Willy a job. Willy again refuses and eventually informs Charley that he was fired. Charley scolds Willy for constantly needing to be liked and madly gives him the cash. Calling Charley his only pal, Willy exits on the brink of tears.
At Frank’s Chop House, Pleased helps Stanley, a waiter, prepare a table. They ogle and chat up a woman, Miss Forsythe, who goes into the dining establishment. Biff goes into, and Happy presents him to Miss Forsythe, continuing to flirt with her. Miss Forsythe, a call woman, leaves to telephone another call woman (at Pleased’s demand), and Biff spills out that he waited six hours for Expense Oliver and Oliver didn’t even acknowledge him. Disturbed at his daddy’s unrelenting misunderstanding that he, Biff, was a salesperson for Oliver, Biff plans to relieve Willy of his impressions. Willy enters, and Biff tries gently, initially, to tell him what occurred at Oliver’s workplace. Willy blurts out that he was fired. Stunned, Biff once again tries to let Willy down quickly. Happy cuts in with remarks recommending Biff’s success, and Willy eagerly waits for fortunately.
Biff lastly explodes at Willy for being unwilling to listen. The young Bernard runs in yelling for Linda, and Biff, Pleased, and Willy start to argue. As Biff describes what happened, their conversation recedes into the background. The young Bernard informs Linda that Biff failed math. The dining establishment discussion comes back into focus and Willy criticizes Biff for stopping working mathematics. Willy then hears the voice of the hotel operator in Boston and shouts that he is not in his room. Biff scrambles to quiet Willy and declares that Oliver is talking to his partner about giving Biff the cash. Willy’s renewed interest and probing concerns upset Biff more, and he shrieks at Willy. Willy hears The Woman laugh and he yells back at Biff, hitting him and staggering. Miss Forsythe goes into with another call girl, Letta. Biff assists Willy to the restroom and, discovering Pleased flirting with the women, argues with him about Willy. Biff storms out, and Pleased follows with the ladies.
Willy and The Woman enter, dressing themselves and flirting. The door knocks and Willy rushes The Woman into the bathroom. Willy responds to the door; the young Biff enters and informs Willy that he stopped working mathematics. Willy tries to usher him out of the space, however Biff imitates his math teacher’s lisp, which elicits laughter from Willy and The Lady. Willy tries to conceal his indiscretion, however Biff declines to think his stories and storms out, dejected, calling Willy a “bogus little phony.” Back in the restaurant, Stanley helps Willy up. Willy asks him where he can find a seed store. Stanley provides him directions to one, and Willy rushes off.
The light turns up on the Loman cooking area, where Happy gets in searching for Willy. He moves into the living room and sees Linda. Biff comes within and Linda scolds the boys and slaps away the flowers in Happy’s hand. She yells at them for deserting Willy. Delighted efforts to appease her, but Biff goes in search of Willy. He finds Willy planting seeds in the garden with a flashlight. Willy is speaking with Ben about a $20,000 proposal. Biff approaches him to bid farewell and attempts to bring him inside. Willy moves into your house, followed by Biff, and becomes angry again about Biff’s failure. Delighted tries to relax Biff, however Biff and Willy appear in fury at each other. Biff starts to sob, which touches Willy. Everyone goes to sleep other than Willy, who restores his conversation with Ben, elated at how excellent Biff will be with $20,000 of insurance money. Linda soon calls out for Willy however gets no response. Biff and Happy listen also. They hear Willy’s automobile speed away.
In the requiem, Linda and Pleased stand in shock after Willy’s improperly participated in funeral service. Biff states that Willy had the incorrect dreams. Charley protects Willy as a victim of his occupation. Ready to leave, Biff welcomes Pleased to go back out West with him. Happy states that he will stick it out in New York to validate Willy’s death. Linda asks Willy for forgiveness for being not able to weep. She begins to sob, repeating “We’re free …” All exit, and the flute melody is heard as the curtain falls.