Symbols And Motifs In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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In “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, he uses symbols and motifs that are recurring symbolic elements that create the theme in the story. Miller uses many symbolic items throughout the play that have meaning outside of what he is saying. Motifs are structures or literary devices that develop and inform the text’s major themes of the stories. Willy uses the mythic figures of adonis and hercules to describes his sons, Happy and Biff. He believes his son are the definition of “personal attractiveness” and are “well-liked.” To Willy, his sons were raised in the American Dream. “Like a young god. Hercules- something like that! Loman, Loman, Loman! God Almighty, He will be great this year!” States Willy as he is cheering on Biff at his all- American football game (1430). He believes that the two boys are the best looking boys and can get with any of the girls. Willy also believes that both the…show more content…
He believes that it is material goods to one’s offspring and it is something that desperately craves daily. One time Willy states, “There was a man started with the clothes on his back and ended up with diamond mines(1417).” This statement suggest that he could go over to Africa with just the clothes he has on and make money. “When I was 17, I walked into the Jungle, and when I was 21 i walked out. And by God, i was rich,” Stated Ben (1420). Diamonds are the discovery that made Ben a fortune that also is something that symbolizes Willy’s failure as a salesman. “The Jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy(1463).” Said by Ben as he talks to Willy about the darkness that you have to go through to get to the top of the ladder to earn the hard earn cash. At the end of the play, Ben encourages Willy to go to Africa to find Diamonds. In return, his “diamond” is to kill himself for insurance money in order to make his life meaningful for his family to have something when he

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