Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Essay

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman contains many themes of success and failure. They include the apartment buildings, the rubber hose, Willy's brother Ben, the tape recorder, and the seeds for the garden. These symbols represent Willy's attempts to be successful and his impending failure. In the start Willy and Linda moved to a home in Brooklyn, as it at the time seemed far removed form the city. Willy was younger and stronger and he believed he had a future full of success.

When the script begins Willy is struggling to pay for his home, the city has seemed to grow and has smothered his …show more content…

Miller uses signs as something, which is help for the audience and can point them in the write direction. Death of a salesman is partly expressionistic, meaning that the central ideas are conveyed through symbols, symbols which involve the peaceful suburbs versus the city are, the flute as Willy's father was a musician and the playing of the flute reminds Willy of the peace that there was before the outline of the towering apartment buildings closed in on his house. Other symbols include the stockings that Linda is mending while; unknown to her, Willy is giving new stockings to another woman who he is having an affair with without Linda knowing and the teenage Biff accuses Willy of giving away Linda's stockings to the women. The hose in Death of a Salesman directly relates to the theme of death, the hose is a line attached to the gas main in Willy's house, which allows him to breathe the gas in to commit suicide. The hose also represents grief and deception. When Linda finds the hose she is afraid of its intended purpose. The tape recorder could show the change in Willy's life through the advancement of technology, and signifies the point at which Willy's career ends. Howard, who is much younger than Willy, finds more interest in the recorder than Willy himself and without any doubt fires Willy. But Willy can also be to blame for him

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