Willy Loman Symbolism

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Symbolism in Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's award winning play "Death of a Salesman" portrays a sad but realistic view of the Fifties. Miller's play makes us reflect the life of Willy Loman, a salesman who wants only what's best for his children, and his obsession of the American Dream. Willy's obsession corrupts his view of reality, and ultimitly destroys the family. While trying to hide his profound anxiety and self-doubt, he soon becomes aware of his failure, and Miller portrays Willy's feelings through deep symbolism; three of which I will explain in depth in this essay in seperate paragrahps – stockings, diamonds, and seeds. Since Willy's actions and reactions are based solely on the american dream, I will explain it. The american dream is a widespread term to describe the "American Way of Life" in general, but since everyone has a different view of societey and life itself, there isn't a universal definition of the term. For most, the american dream is "the dream that life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for everyone and anyone if they're willing to…show more content…
Willy is so ashamed of his failure as both being a salesman and as a father, of not being able to put food on the table, and leaving nothing behind to his familly when he suicides, that his only way to try and prove the worth of his labor is to plant seeds in desperation. Willy spent his whole life portraying himself as a succesful, popular, well loved man, and when he realises his own lies, he's afraid of not leaving anything behind in the world. The seeds, which never ended up growing , were his only trace left. He was also afraid that he wont be able to give no more than his own abandoning father did. Willy takes his now turned lazy bum of a son Biff as his failure of parenting, and the seeds also represent that. He blames himself for Biff's

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