Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

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  • The flute is one of the only connections that Willy has with his father as they would "stop in the towns and sell the flutes that he’d made on the way" (33). The flute also fades in and out when the play begins and ends, which symbolizes the beginning and end of Willy's life.
  • The stocking is the symbol of Willy's affair with The Woman as he asks Linda to stop mending stockings... It gets [Willy] nervous" (53). He gave the Woman Linda's stockings showing how he was willing to use his current marriage for his affair. He is uncomfortable with it because he regrets cheating on Linda with the woman.
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  • Ben is Willy's more successful brother and Willy looks up to him because "That man was a genius, that man was success incarnate" (27). He is what he models his way of teaching his children as he thinks that if they mimic his brother, they will become successful too.
  • The forest/jungle is a symbol of hardship and obstacles that were overcome to become successful. Ben is an example of someone whom "Walked into a jungle, and [came] out, the age of twenty-one, and [he was] rich!" (28) Willy tries to incorporate the jungle in teaching his kids to become successful but fails.
  • The football game is the last thing that Biff really succeeded in for a long while. Willy believed that his Biff's "life ended after that Ebbets Field game" (66). It was one of the only successes that Biff had where he was truly successful in the eyes of Willy.
  • The seeds are a symbol of what Willy's attempt to satisfy his life as he wants to see something grow into something valuable. He felt that he failed in raising his children and wants to cultivate something new. He is trying to start again but he cannot as the garden is lacking of resources and sunlight.
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