Symbolism In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Firstly, Death of a Salesman is built up of many different symbols that force you to ponder what the ultimate message of these symbols of the modern play are. The first symbol are the seeds that Willy Loman is so persistent on buying and planting. Willy’s constant obsession with the seeds came off as slightly mad behavior, “On the way home tonight, I’d like to buy some seeds…” (pg.72), when the whole time it was symbolizing the need for him to prove all his hard work to his family and that it did indeed have some worth, with both being a father to Biff and Happy and a salesman. Willy’s obsession with the seeds and planting them also showed his embarrassment for scarcely being able to put food on his family’s plates and not being able to leave things of value for Biff and Happy when he dies, “Nothing’s planted, I don’t have a thing in the ground” (pg.122), Willy did not succeed as a salesman which results in him having nothing to pass down to his sons when he passed, therefore symbolizing that he had an empty life. Willy considers himself a hard worker and that he did work hard all his life but is fearful that he will be perceived just like his father who abandoned him. In like manner, another symbol in Death of a Salesman are the diamonds, To Willy, diamonds symbolize wealth, which leads to the affirmation of a hard working life, which was what Willy strives for. Relating to that, diamonds is what Ben made all of his success and wealth and a fortune on, symbolizing the
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