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

In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman has attempted suicide several times by purposely wrecking his car. Linda also discovers a rubber hose in the cellar with a new nipple attached to the water heater, which suggests that Willy plans on committing suicide by inhaling gas. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Willy attempted to asphyxiate himself. Willy's final suicide attempt is another car accident, which tragically ends his life.

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In Arthur Miller's classic play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is portrayed as a delusional, unsuccessful salesman who struggles to cope with his failures and form meaningful relationships with his sons. Willy recognizes that he has done nothing significant in his life and acknowledges that he is destined to leave an empty legacy to his sons. He has also failed to attain the American Dream and can no longer endure the hardships as a struggling salesman, which motivates him to commit suicide.

In act 1, Linda explains to Biff that Willy is dying and elaborates on his earlier suicide attempt when he purposely drove his car off a bridge and landed in shallow water. According to Linda, the insurance inspector claimed that it wasn't an accident after speaking to an eyewitness, who watched Willy casually drive off the bridge. Linda also alludes to Willy being in several other car accidents, which seem to be previous suicide attempts.

In addition to attempting to die in a car accident, Willy has...

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