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DEATH OF A SALESMAN SYMBOLISM.  Symbols are elements of a story (dialogue, motifs, situations etc) that keep reappearing throughout.  Symbols are objects,

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1 DEATH OF A SALESMAN SYMBOLISM

2  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.

3 In his play ‘Death of a Salesman’, Miller uses several symbols. What are they?

4 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.

5 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

6 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

7 Moon and Stars What do these symbolise? Symbolic of the “American Dream” It is out of Willy’s reach

8 Linda’s and the woman’s stockings What do these symbolise? Symbolic of Willy’s betrayal and sexual infidelity Self indulgence Or Household drudgery?

9 The rubber hose What does this symbolise? Symbolises Willy’s desperation And Loss of hope

10 Essay question: Discuss the use of symbolism in Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’.


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