In Death of a Salesman Willy Loman refuses to take the job that his friend, Charley, offers him, and (spoiler alert!) he commits suicide at the end of the play. In a microessay of at least 300 words, explain why you think Willy behaves in such a self-destructive manner. Also consider what influence his actions—especially his suicide—have on the rest of the Loman family. Develop your ideas with evidence from the text. Convince us that you’ve read the play carefully and thought deeply about the possible reasons for Willy’s self-destructive actions.

Post your microessay to the Analyzing Death of a Salesman page on G+. No peer responses required on this activity.

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