Death of A Salesman: Novel Summary: Act 2, Scene 9

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This final scene details Willy's funeral.  To Linda's surprise, no one attends the funeral besides the family except for Charley, Willy's only friend.  The funeral scene is important, because it shows the increasing divergence between Biff and Happy.  While Biff realizes that their father "had the wrong dreams," Happy defends Willy's aspirations, saying, "I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain.  He had a good dream.  It's the only dream you can have-to come out number-one man.  He fought it out here, and this is where I'm gonna win it for him." In this way, Happy picks up the torch that his father has left at the grave.

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