Symbols in Death of a Salesman Miller

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  • Topic: Symbol, American Dream, Mobile River
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a play full of symbolism significantly communicating the central themes of failure within a successful orientated society, bringing us back to the idea of the desire for the American Dream. By the use of symbols Miller portrays Willy Lomans problems with his life and his self and also uses them to expand on issues concerning other characters like his two sons and wife, but these characters are often representing something themselves. From the start of the play there is a lot of amplification on growing seeds and it seems to be something Willy seems to feel very passionate about. Willy is preoccupied with being well known and leaving something to his family when he dies so he wants to grow something that will thrive, provide for others and remain after his own death solely providing thrive for his role as a father and a salesman. Also when Willy is talking about them it is almost like Miller is informing the audience of Willys emotive feelings "Nothing’s planted. I don’t have a thing in the ground" it seems there’s a real pessimistic outlook for Willy and this could be symbolising how he feels about his life and his belongings too. One thing Willy feels deeply about if also his cars which they all seem to symbolise his mental well being throughout his life. When Willy is in his mobile concurrency’s Miller portrays him in his happiest times of his life when all the family were together and he had an aim for him and his family’s life. This is what makes Death of a Salesman such an outstanding play, the realisation of reality for Willy and his dreams and desires shown in the mobile concurrencies. Another significant symbol Miller uses is the use of the stockings; Willy gives the stockings that are meant for Linda to his mistress, becoming a symbol of Willy’s sexual infidelity. Every time we see Linda mending her old stockings he also seems to get sensitive and precarious telling her “I won’t see stockings in my house.”...
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