Presentation on theme: "DEATH OF A SALESMAN SYMBOLISM. Symbols are elements of a story (dialogue, motifs, situations etc) that keep reappearing throughout. Symbols are objects,"— Presentation transcript:
DEATH OF A SALESMAN SYMBOLISM
Symbols are elements of a story (dialogue, motifs, situations etc) that keep reappearing throughout. Symbols are objects, characters, figures or colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. One aspect of realism is that elements of the play become highly symbolic.
In his play ‘Death of a Salesman’, Miller uses several symbols. What are they?
In ‘Death of a Salesman’ consumer objects keep cropping up in the play, as symbols of what is wrong in the society and in the characters’ lives. Cars Refrigerator Stockings The Shower Tape-recorder Tennis Rackets Fountain Pen Remember that in the late 1940s when the play was written, far fewer people would have owned cars. A refrigerator would also have been a very big purchase and many families would not have had one. Buying a fridge then might have been like buying a satellite disc now.
The wood/jungle and diamonds What is symbolic about these? Jungle = Uncle Ben Symbolic of success in life - Materialistic wealth (diamonds) Woods = Willy Life is crashing down around him
The garden/seeds What is symbolic about these? Planting a garden = Willy needing to leave something behind for people to remember him by (think of him as a great man). Never planted garden = Never achieved success in life Seeds Symbolise Sense of Failure With Biff
Moon and Stars What do these symbolise? Symbolic of the “American Dream” It is out of Willy’s reach
Linda’s and the woman’s stockings What do these symbolise? Symbolic of Willy’s betrayal and sexual infidelity Self indulgence Or Household drudgery?
The rubber hose What does this symbolise? Symbolises Willy’s desperation And Loss of hope
Essay question: Discuss the use of symbolism in Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’.