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Death of a Salesman Character List & Flashcards

Death of a Salesman Character List & Flashcards
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This character delivers the final 'nail in the coffin' for Willy. He was Willy's former boss who discarded him when he was no longer of use to the company.
Howard Wagner decides Willy is no longer valuable to the company, despite his past success. He fires Willy, which pushes him further into despair and, ultimately, death.
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This character is a son of Willy Loman. He is a theif and has trouble taking orders from authority. He tries to convince his father he is a failure.
Biff Loman used to be a success in high school playing sports; however, later in life he jumps from job to job. He blames his father for his failures.
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The quote: 'They time those things. They time them so when you finally paid for them, they're used up.' alludes to the failure or trick of the _____ _____.
The American dream tells people to work hard to advance but does not tell them how to enjoy the things they acquire, leading people to become 'used up' before appreciating their life.
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'I am always in a race with the _____! I just finished paying for the car and it's on its last legs.
At the end of the story, Willy calls his home and possessions a junkyard.
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This character is the protagonist of the story. He is motivated by the notion of the American dream; however, he is not able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and is eventually ruined by his quest.
Willy Loman is the traveling salesman of the story and dies obsessing over material possessions.
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Define: American dream
An American concept that hard work and determination will lead to success, such as land or money.
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Define: protagonist
A leading character in a story, typically a champion or positive character.
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Death of a Salesman was written by _____ _____.
Arthur Miller wrote the play, Death of a Salesman.
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Want to test your knowledge of Arthur Wagner's characters in Death of a Salesman? Do you feel you understand some of the lessons about the American dream and life Wagner imparts throughout his play? Use these cards to learn about why this is an important literary work.

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Death of a Salesman was written by _____ _____.
Arthur Miller wrote the play, Death of a Salesman.
Define: protagonist
A leading character in a story, typically a champion or positive character.
Define: American dream
An American concept that hard work and determination will lead to success, such as land or money.
This character is the protagonist of the story. He is motivated by the notion of the American dream; however, he is not able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and is eventually ruined by his quest.
Willy Loman is the traveling salesman of the story and dies obsessing over material possessions.
'I am always in a race with the _____! I just finished paying for the car and it's on its last legs.
At the end of the story, Willy calls his home and possessions a junkyard.
The quote: 'They time those things. They time them so when you finally paid for them, they're used up.' alludes to the failure or trick of the _____ _____.
The American dream tells people to work hard to advance but does not tell them how to enjoy the things they acquire, leading people to become 'used up' before appreciating their life.
This character is a son of Willy Loman. He is a theif and has trouble taking orders from authority. He tries to convince his father he is a failure.
Biff Loman used to be a success in high school playing sports; however, later in life he jumps from job to job. He blames his father for his failures.
This character delivers the final 'nail in the coffin' for Willy. He was Willy's former boss who discarded him when he was no longer of use to the company.
Howard Wagner decides Willy is no longer valuable to the company, despite his past success. He fires Willy, which pushes him further into despair and, ultimately, death.
This character has deluded dreams of success in business and also abuses relationships with women. He is a son of Willy Loman who only thinks of himself.
Happy Loman shows his self-absorption when he leaves his father at the diner right after he was fired. He also believes he will advance in business quickly despite his low status.
This character is not a living character in the play; however, he is very significant to Willy, the main character. He represents success.
Ben Loman died before the play begins, but he visits Willy in his dreams. He possesses innumerous riches in Willy's dream, and Willy wants to be like him. Willy 'goes' to him for advice.
This character is a lawyer and is successful in his own right. His success is used to highlight the failure of Willy's sons and ultimately Willy as a father.
Bernard grew up next to the Loman's home and is close in age to Willy's sons, Biff and Happy.
This character lived next door to the Lomans. He is a friend to Willy but is very different. He raised a successful son, Bernard.
Charley helped out Willy financially when needed. He is kind and accepting of Willy's flaws.
This character supports Willy throughout the play, but more emotionally than anything else. She is loyal, almost to a fault, but sees opportunity in Willy's death.
Linda Loman is Willy's wife. She stays with him despite his philandering and relentless pursuit of material possessions. She does not understand Willy's idealization of the American dream.
The salesman dies by committing _____ for insurance money.
Willy Loman commits suicide to get his life insurance money.
This quote from Lina Loman, 'We're free and clear. We're free.' alludes to her and her family becoming free of the _____ _____.
The American dream was a burden on the family, according to Linda. When she paid off the house, she felt that she and her family were finally free of the burden of that dream.
The quote, 'He's a man… riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back--that's an earthquake.' alludes to a person who depends on other's _____.
Willy values other's opinion. When Willy is no longer valued by his work, he becomes further depressed.

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