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Death of a salesman - Why did Willy commit suicide? What did his suicide represent?

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Death of a salesman

Why did Willy commit suicide? What did his suicide represent?

Willy commits suicide in the last scene of Act 2, the audience are left to let there minds finish the play as 'the car speeds off' and the next thing the audience see is the Family at the funeral. The scene leading up to the suicide is a confrontation between Biff and Willy, this confrontation exposes the essential gridlock of their relationship arguable caused by Willy's affair. Willy desperately wants Biff to think of him as successful like his Uncle Ben rather than a 'useless bum.' Biff wants to leave and for Willy to forget about him so he can continue his life without the ongoing pressures from his father and live his life how he wants to instead of the carrying the weight of his fathers dreams.

When Biff and Happy return to the house with a bunch of roses for Linda but she throws the flowers to the floor, and tells them to leave and accuses them of leaving there self destructing father in the restaurant bathroom. Happy denies all the accusations but Biff admits his mother's

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