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Death Of A Traveling Salesman In the short story Death Of A Traveling Salesman R J Bowman is a successful salesman with the intention to get home after being sick and in the hospital He faces many obstacles along the way Even though R J Bowman knows that there is something missing in his life he has no desire to try and bring it into his life He realizes he is only a salesman and that is all he will ever be There are symbols in the story that show a shadow over Bowmans life Darkness is the most significant that occurs throughout the story and light is also a significant part of the story Mr Bowman likes to cover up his true feelings by ignoring them or literally covering them up Through the symbolism of darkness and light Eudora Welty shows the reality of the loveless void in R J Bowmans life From the beginning of the story the darkness of Bowmans situation reflects the emptiness of his past and the bleakness of his future Bowman is a salesman who is just getting out of the hospital recovering from an illness An illness that is causes him to forget the way to Beulah Driving down the road Bowman stuck his head out of the dusty car to stare up the road 204 this is the first sign of dark symbolism There is a dusty residue on his car and he is trying to see out of his window the window of life There is something in his life that is cloudy or there is something missing in his life He is standing at the beginning of his life looking down a dirt path that only has one route which is striving to be the best salesman he can be and nothing more Bowmans life has two parts to it half of his life is happy and the other half is full of darkness
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