Death Of A Salesman: Symbols In The Play

Many symbols are incorporated into the play "Death of a Sales man" and they in
turn relate to both character and theme. The hose, tape recorder and the seeds
are some of these symbols.
The hose in Miller's drama directly relates to the theme of d eath. The hose is
a line attached to the gas main in Willy's house which allows him to sniff the
gas. This action can be seen as Willy's suicide wish, and escape from the
realities of life. As seen in the loss of his job and his failure to succeed.
The hose also represents grief and deception. For when Linda, Willy's wife,
finds the hose, she is distraught over its in tended purpose. The deceptive
nature of the hose is apparent when Willy is ...

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s fighting for his job. Howard no longer need s Willy's
services and without concern fires him. This, to Willy, was like, "eating the
orange and throwing away the peel". However, Willy is partly to blame, as he
does not accept change and wants to remain in the pas t. This is foreshadowed in
the scene where Willy is left alone with the tape recorder and is unable to shut
it off. Willy believes in using his old techniques and style to succeed. N
evertheless, in his job, it is not what you know, but it is who you know. Willy
is not up to date with the business nor technology. Yet, Willy still has hope,
and wishes to leave some fo rm of support behind for his family as illustrated
in his planting of the seeds.

Willy feels that he must leave something behind something for Biff. In Willy's
imaginary world he wants Biff to be magnificent and he symbolically plants seeds
in his garden. In spite of such an action he is doomed to fail. Willy sta rts
planting the seeds at night, but at night ...

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