Willy returns home exhausted from his latest sales excursion. He worries because he is having difficulty remembering events, as well as staying focused on the present. His wife, Linda, reassures him that he is only suffering from mental fatigue. All quotes on page 2.
Why? What happened? Did something happen, Willy?
No, nothing happened.
It's all right. I came back.
Willy becomes infatuated with Biff after their morning altercation. He becomes very angry with Linda and begin to yell at each other regarding Biff. Willy at this point is still suffering from his delusional state of mind. All quotes on page 5
You shouldn't have criticized him, Willy, especially after he just got off the train. You musn't lose your temper.
No, no, some people-some people accomplish something. Did biff say anything after I left this morning?
But, dear how could he be making any money?
When the hell did i lose my temper? I simply asked him if he was making money. Is that a criticism?
There's such an undercurrent in him. He became a moody man.
Willy and Linda begin to discuss their living situation and Willy begins to break down because he feels guilty that he cannot properly provide for his family. This scene is pivotal for the story because Willy truly expresses how he has fallen victim to the brutal capitalist society of the 1940's. Biff and Happy take notice of this ongoing conversation from the next room over. All quotes from page 7
What's the matter?
I don't think there's more people now.
There's more people! That's what's ruining this country!Population is getting out of control. The competition is maddening! Smell the stink from that apartment house!