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The two symbols that I find are the most important in Death of a Salesman would be the farmland and Lindas and the womans 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 Lindas and the womans stockings are symbols of betrayal and sexual disloyalty New stockings are imperative for both Willys pride about being financially successful and therefore being able to provide for his family as well as Willys 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 dont fulfill his hope that they will succeed where he has failed While Willys 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 Willys 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 Willys vulnerable poetic tragic side He cannot ignore his instincts which tell him to abandon Willys paralyzing dreams and move out West to work with his hands
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