Death of a Salesman

5. Why did Willy’s thoughts turn to Ben after Howard left the office?

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Willy is feeling dejected. He has been humiliated and emasculated by his Boss. He recalls a time when he passed up potential success and respect. He remembers when Ben asked Willy to go to Alaska to manage timber. Willy thinks he could have been somebody if he took the risk but instead refused, Linda said he had a good job at home.