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The Dark Side Of Suicide Essay

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The majority of people who commit suicide are psychologically and emotionally deranged. They are unhappy with their life or who they have become and they see death as the way out. They see death as freedom, something that will take them far away from the dreadful life they are living. The character Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller kills himself for this very reason and justifies it by allowing his family to have his $20,000 life insurance policy.
As I said before, for many cases in which someone commits suicide, there is something mentally wrong with them. Willy Loman is a prime example of this mental craziness. He is often seen talking to people such as his dead ...view middle of the document...

Once when he was working out of town, Biff came to visit him and caught him with another woman besides his mom. From then on, Biff has basically been a failure. Willy feels that he is the reason for Biff’s failure in life. He also feels an enormous amount of pressure because he believes Biff blames him as well. He tells Biff at one point, “You’re trying to put a knife in me—don’t think I know what you’re doing!” (1548). He genuinely feels bad about how he influenced Biff’s life in such a negative way. These, along with other minor pitfalls, are what emotionally depress Willy Loman. These are what cause him to commit suicide.
Willy Loman justifies his suicide by indirectly giving his family $20,000 from his life insurance policy. As mentioned, Willy Loman cannot produce for his family. He is simply not making enough money to support all of the needs of his family. The bills are piling up. Biff is deeply struggling getting started in the business world. You see the first sight of this while Willy is talking to his dead brother, Ben. After being called a coward for thinking of such an idea, Willy exclaims, “Why? Does it take more guts to stand here the rest of my life ringing up a zero?” (1546). Willy’s overall priority in life is providing for his family. When he realizes that he can’t, he drastically finds a way to support them. In another sense, he feels that doing this will finally make his son realize that he is worth something. Again talking to...

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