The Theme Of Suicide In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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“Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone.” (Smith, Segall, and Robinson, "Suicide Prevention") In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Linda, Biff and Happy have also found it difficult in talking Willy out of suicide. Willy had multiple chances at committing suicide due to Linda, Biff and Happy’s failure to properly bring up the topic of Willy’s suicide attempts. Willy’s false expectations for Biff are what built up and broke down his happiness. Also, Biff’s insults towards Willy made Willy lose faith in his favored son. Although some may think that Willy’s suicide could have been prevented, they failed to consider the several mistakes that the Lomans took when it came to Willy’s suicide. The Loman family could not have prevented Willy’s suicide because Willy lost hope in his family’s future. The Loman’s lack of thought put into bringing up the idea of Willy’s attempts let Willy have many opportunities to commit suicide. To begin the argument, …show more content…
Linda, Biff and Happy’s failure at properly bringing up the topic of Willy’s suicide is what gave Willy several chances at committing suicide. Willy’s false expectations for Biff are what built up and broke down his happiness. In addition, Biff’s insults towards Willy made Willy lose faith in his favored son. Although it may seem as if Willy’s suicide could have been prevented, they failed to consider the several mistakes that the Lomans made when it came to Willy’s suicide. The Loman family could not have prevented Willy’s suicide because Willy lost almost all hope in his family’s future. The Lomans lack of thought put into bringing up the idea of Willy’s attempts let Willy have many opportunities at committing suicide. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman provides very good examples of what not to do when it comes to preventing someone from committing

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