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Explain the circumstances which lead Willy's suicide in Death of a Salesman?

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salmat | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM via web

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Explain the circumstances which lead Willy's suicide in Death of a Salesman?

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lcassidy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted May 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Willy is the tragic protagonist who ultimately brings on his own demise.  Throughout the entire play Willy is disillusioned into thinking that he is important and successful.  He also believes that true success is accidental and not based on hard work and dedication.  Because of this, at the end of the play, Willy commits suicide in order to get insurance money for his son Biff's business.  Tragically, Willy's decision was foolish because insurance companies don't cover suicides. 

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