Symbols In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

823 Words4 Pages
Willy Loman is the definition of tragic. His father abandoned him as a child. This event created the desire within Willy to be liked by everyone. After observing Dave Singleman’s funeral, and the hundreds of people that attended, he knew he must become a salesman. Then everyone would know and love him. His pursuit in this unrealistic expectation led to shortcomings that, not only dragged him down, but dragged down the people around him. In “Death of a Salesman”, Arthur Miller uses strong symbolism, powerful diction, and blatant foreshadowing to show that Willy Loman drags suffering onto the people around him.
Miller uses physical objects as symbols of Willy’s failures and strong desire for validation. In one instance Willy questions Stanley
Open Document