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The turning point in Willy's life in Death of a Salesman is after he loses his job with Howard, refuses the job offer from Charley and is confronted by Biff about the misconceptions that have dominated their lives since Happy and Biff's childhood. After the confrontation with Biff in the restaurant and the memory of Biff's stumbling upon his secret affair with The Woman, Willy pretty much gives up on life and begins to believe that the only way he will ever be able to help Biff make a life for himself is if Willy can contrive his own death to look like an accident, leaving the life insurance money for his family.
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