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Willy Loman

Willy Loman is a sixty years old travel salesman in New England. He is the central character of the play “Death of a Salesman”. He has a dream that one day his son Biff will be a businessman like Charley his next-door neighbour. But Biff is totally a failure man and do nothing for his career.

To see the failure of Biff, Willy becomes depressed and anxious. He fails to differentiate his imagination and the real-time situation in his life. Ultimately, he commits suicide to relieve himself from everything.

Linda Loman

Linda is the loyal wife of Willy. She plays a significant role in the play. As a true life-partner, she always supports Willy for any situation. She is a realistic and rational character.

In every difficult time, she tries to console Willy so that he can stay calm. When Biff’s attitude too harsh to Willy, she shouts at Biff for his wrong judgement towards his father.

Biff Loman

Biff is the elder and failure son of Willy. He is a well-build handsome boy. He was a football star in high school days. Biff was never attentive in the study. However, he failed in math which interrupted him to be a graduate.

Willy has a lot of dreams toward Biff. But he neither fulfils his father’s ambition nor gets any success in his life. At the end of the play, he can understand how much Willy cares for him.

Happy Loman

Happy is the younger son of Willy. He has a steady job in New York. But he is not satisfied with his life. He has changed a lot of jobs but none can give him satisfaction. He always likes to flirt women surrounding himself. Happy represents the over-ambitious aspect of contemporary society.


Ben is an adventurous and wealthy older brother of Willy. He has died in Africa a few weeks before the action of the play begins. However Ben appears in the hallucination of Willy.

He went to Alaska in search of his father but he arrived in Africa by mistake where he luckily found diamond mines. And this is how he changed his fortune.


Charley is a friend and next-door neighbour of Willy. He is a successful businessman. His achievements never come overnight. He struggles hard that make him a successful man. He is the father of Bernard, a successful lawyer.

Willy becomes jealous to see the achievements of Charley. When Charley offers a job to Willy, he immediately refuses and being fired.


Bernard is a successful lawyer and son of Charley. He works hard that makes him a perfect lawyer. Although Bernard and Biff are of the same age, Bernard is totally different in contrast to Biff. Bernard is more realistic than Biff. He always tries to convince Biff so that he can concentrate on study.

Howard Wagner

Howard Wagner is the son of Frank Wagner. He inherited the company from his father. He is the current boss of Willy. Willy has been working for the company for more than thirty years when he was a child.

He always tries to find ways of how can earn more money. When he observes Willy’s sales are not adequate, he appoints Willy as a commission employee to a salaried employee.

Bill Oliver

Bill Oliver is the former boss of Biff. When Biff makes a plan to start a business of sports goods, he decides to ask him for loans. He waits for six hours for Oliver in the restaurant but he doesn’t recognize him.

The Woman

She is the woman with whom Willy has an affair. She appears in the flashback of Willy in Boston. Biff discovers the woman in the hotel hiding in the bedroom.

The woman claims Willy has ruined her life that makes Biff angrier to his father and addresses him as a ‘phone little fake’.

Miss Forsythe

The woman whom Biff and Happy meet in the restaurant. She represents as a prostitute in the play. Happy tries to flirt her in order to fulfill his sexual desire.


Stanley is a waiter in the Frank’s restaurant.

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