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What are some examples of foreshadowing in Death of a Salesman?

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Posted April 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM via web

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What are some examples of foreshadowing in Death of a Salesman?

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henryscholar | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Three examples of forehadowing in Death of a Salesman will suffice: The first emerges before the beginning of the play, where Willy Loman's car accident presages his suicide at the end of Act II. In the second, Willy's angry fixation with Linda's nylon stockings repair foreshadows the revelation of his affair with The Woman, a secretary to the buyers, to whom he bought access by the gift of "mama's stockings". Finally, in the third, an aural one, the flute theme which we hear at the outset of the play betokens the revelation of his father's occupation as a flutemaker and his abandonment of the child Willy.

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