Linda appears and convinces Willy that he should stay in sales, just like Dave Singleman.
Willy's confidence quickly resurfaces, and he is confident that he has made the right decision by turning down Ben's offer; he is certain he will be a success like Singleman.
The three major themes within the play are denial, contradiction, and order versus disorder.
Each member of the Loman family is living in denial or perpetuating a cycle of denial for others.
All three themes work together to create a dreamlike atmosphere in which the audience watches a man's identity and mental stability slip away.
The play continues to affect audiences because it allows them to hold a mirror up to themselves.
Linda is the only character that recognizes the Loman family lives in denial; however, she goes along with Willy's fantasies in order to preserve his fragile mental state.
The second major theme of the play is contradiction.
Each time Willy loses himself in the past, he does so in order to deny the present, especially if the present is too difficult to accept.
As the play progresses, Willy spends more and more time in the past as a means of reestablishing order in his life.