Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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How is Willy's suicide foreshadowed in the first act of Death of a Salesman?

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At the end of the play, Willy, accompanied by intense music rising "almost to an unbearable scream," dashes out of the house and drives off, full speed, in his car. The music rises again, becoming "a frenzy of sound" signaling Willy's death. This suicide is the tragic climax of the play and is foreshadowed throughout the play. Below are some examples of how it is foreshadowed in act 1.

At the beginning of act 1, Willy tells Linda that on his most recent sales trip, he had a sort of blackout at the wheel of his car. He says,

Suddenly I realize I'm goin' sixty miles an hour and I don't remember the last five minutes.

He subsequently admits that he "might've killed somebody" and that he has "such strange thoughts." This is rather an ironic foreshadowing of his own death, as the "somebody" is of course himself. And his suicide later in the play is a consequence of the build-up of his own strange, increasingly irrational thoughts.

Later in act 1, Happy says to Biff, in an exasperated tone, and...

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