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Death of a Salesman Character Brief for Willy Loman Appearance Willy should be a short man that is overweight He should slouch and have a sheepish smile that wishes to exude confidence but just cant quite cut it His attire should consist of a neatly trimmed suit slightly weathered and out of fashion with wrinkles and marks from being over worn Willys should be dark and deep sunken with many wrinkles surrounding them a visible reminder of the inner stresses of his life that are kept pent up inside of him His hair completely gray with a comb over type style as he tries to cover up the fact that the center of his head is bald just as he tries to cover up that the center of his life is empty as well Voice Willys voice should be deep yet wavering and somewhat unsure When he feels insulted it should rise to a higher pitch and become intensely defensive and marked with an un-garnered hatred When he speaks to his wife it should become deeper and condescending in tone When speaking of his love for Biff andor Happy it should become sentimental and reflective almost childlike Personality Willy Loman must be played as a man that is bent on portraying himself as a successful man Not only does he wish to be successful in business but he also wants his boys to be happy and successful in their own endeavors Willy subconsciously realizes that he is a weak man that is tremendously successful due to some poor decisions that he has made in the past Outwardly he tries to make up for this fact by constantly ignoring the facts and building himself up in the eyes of others but most importantly himself This behavior has gone on for so long that he has successfully convinced himself that he is flourishing in his career and his personal life To the contrary
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