2 Characters and 2 Symbols Book:Death Of A Salesman Author:Arthur Miller

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The two symbols that I find are the most important in Death of a Salesman, would be, the farmland, and Linda's and the woman's stockings. Farmland represents the chance Willy has to prove his worth, through labor as a salesman and a father. His hopeless, attempt to grow vegetables signifies his humiliation regarding barely being able to put food on the table and having nothing to leave his children when he dies. Willy has worked hard but fears that he will not be able to help his offspring any more than his own abandoning father helped him. Linda's and the woman's stockings are symbols of betrayal and sexual disloyalty. New stockings are imperative for both Willy's pride about being financially successful and therefore, being able to provide for his family; as well as, Willy's ability to ease his guilt about, and get rid the memory of, the betrayal to Linda and Biff.

Willy Loman is an insecure, sad traveling salesman. Willy believes with all his heart in the American Dream of easy success and wealth, but he has not achieved it. His sons don't fulfill his hope that they will succeed where he has failed. While Willy's illusions begin to fail under realizations of his life, his mental stability begins to go. The controlling tensions caused by this inconsistency, form the essential conflict of Death of a Salesman. Biff, on the other hand, is Willy's thirty-four-year-old elder son. Biff led a great life through high school as a football star with scholarship offers, good friends, and several female lovers. The choice to not listen to Bernard ruined him. He failed math, however, and did not have enough credits to graduate. Biff is like Willy's vulnerable, poetic, tragic side. He cannot ignore his instincts, which tell him to abandon...



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