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How important is symbolism Why do writers use symbolism How come there are different forms of symbolism Do these symbols actually represent something Why of course symbols represent something Often authors use symbols to portray events feelings personalities and different time periods Symbolism is used continuously throughout the two literary pieces called Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a classical portrayal of what kind of tragedy the pursuit of the American Dream can bring to a man and his family Its based on a committed hard-working aging middle-classed man with a dream to be rich and successful making it big just like the American Dream On the other hand is the Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzergerald which is the tragedy if not the death of the American Dream Jay Gatsby longs to become rich and captivate his only love Throughout the play Miller uses symbols such as status Willys car and his house to emphacise important meanings Similarily throughout the novel Fitzergerald uses strong contrasting symbols such as the East Egg and the West Egg to represent status Gatsbys car and the mansion By using status cars and houses as symbols used by both authors but to portray different things which represent other realities an interesting connection can be made One of the many symbols used by both authors which represents other realities is status Status is a persons position or rank in relation to others and often separates the rich from the poor For example in Death of a Saleman unlike Charley Willy intends to be well-liked He tells his sons that personality is more important than being smart and that a high status and presitige are very essential for they make one succeed more in life Willy quotes The man who makes an appearance in the business world the man who creates a personal interest is the man who gets ahead Be liked
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