Death of A Salesman: Novel Summary: Act 2, Scene 5

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This scene starts in the restaurant where Biff and Happy have arranged to meet Willy for dinner.  Happy is waiting for the others when a beautiful woman enters and sits down nearby.  Soon, Biff also enters the scene, sitting next to his brother.  Happy tries to set Biff up with the woman, telling her that Biff is the quarterback of the New York Giants.  Soon, however, Biff drops a bombshell on Happy, telling him that Oliver wouldn't even see him.  Yet to Biff, his experience at Oliver's office is much more than this.  He sorrowfully concludes before his brother, "I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been!" Biff realizes that he was never a salesman for Oliver, but just a lowly shipping clerk fired for stealing from the company he worked for.  Finally Biff realizes that his father's illusions of success for him are just that-illusions.  Soon Willy enters, telling his boys that he has been fired; next, he hears from them that the deal with Oliver didn't work out.  An argument ensues-this seems to be the final straw in the undoing of the Loman family.

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