Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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In Death of a Salesman, what is the twenty-thousand dollar proposition Willy discusses with Ben? How does Willy envision his funeral?

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Willy Loman's twenty-thousand dollar proposition is his plan to commit suicide in order for his family to collect twenty-thousand dollars for his life insurance policy. Willy has gradually been losing his mind and cannot deal with the stress of not succeeding as a salesman. He has already been in several car accidents, and Linda even finds a rubber hose that Willy plans on using for another suicide attempt. After Willy gets fired, he comes home and begins planting seeds outside. While Willy is planting seeds, he hallucinates and carries on a conversation with his dead brother Ben. Willy elaborates on his twenty-thousand dollar proposition and describes how he envisions his funeral. Willy dreams that...

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