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What are Willy's suicide attempts? Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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At the beginning of the play when Biff returns home, he and Linda have a conversation about Willy's deteriorating mental/emotional condition. Linda tells Biff, "He's dying." But what she really means is that he has been attempting to kill himself. Linda asks Biff to remember that she wrote to tell him about a car accident Willy had in February. That was one of a series of accidents that Willy had been in over the previous year. An insurance inspector investigated the accidents and interviewed a woman who had witnessed one of them. The woman reported that Willy seemed to deliberately smash into the railing of "that little bridge." The only reason Willy didn't die in the accident was that the water under the bridge was shallow. The insurance inspector believes the crashes were not accidents.

Linda next reports that she discovered "a length of rubber pipe" in the cellar behind the fuse box. The pipe had "a little attachment on the end of it," presumably where Willy could insert it into or...

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