Authur Miller, born in New York City writes the play. He has been married three times, the second marriage being to Marilyn Monroe, the well-know American actress.
Willy Loman has been a traveling salesman for Wagner Company for thirty-four years. He likes to think of himself vital to the New England territory. Long ago Willy met a salesman named Dave Singleton who would go into a town and pick up a phone without leaving his hotel room. When this man died, people from all over the country came to his funeral. This is whom Willy wanted to be Dave Singleton; this was also a part of the reason that Willy became a salesman.
In the beginning of the play, Willy has just come back home after having left for New England that morning. He tells his wife, he just can't seem to keep his mind on driving anymore. He asks about his favorite son Biff, who has just come back home for a visit after being away for a long time. Willy son, Biff was considered to be an American dream teenager. Biff was a great football player; many universities offered him scholarships. But during that year Biff failed math and had gone to Boston to tell his father the devastating news. When Biff reaches Willy¡¦s hotel room in Boston. Biff finds his father having an affair with a strange woman. After this episode Biff has held a grudge against his father and could never again bring himself to trust his father.
After 14 years, Biff returns home. He and his younger brother Happy try to think of some job that Biff could get and settle down in New York. They think about a man that Biff used to work for named Bill Oliver. Biff wants to ask Mr. Oliver for a loan of ten thousand dollars to begin a business in New York. They tell Willy about their plans, and Willy thinks that together they can conquer the world. He tells Biff that Mr. Oliver always thought highly of him and reminds Biff that the most important thing in life is to be well liked.