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Many symbols are incorporated into the play Death of a Sales man and they in turn relate to both character and theme The hose tape recorder and the seeds are some of these symbols The hose in Millers drama directly relates to the theme of death The hose is a line attached to the gas main in Willys house which allows him to snif f the gas This action can be seen as Willys suicide wish and escape from the realities of life As seen in the loss of his job and his failure to succeed The hose also represents grief and deception For when Linda Willys wife finds the hose she is distraught over its in tended purpose The deceptive nature of the hose is apparent when Willy is confronted about it by Biff his son and Willy denies its existence A similar denial is also evident when Willy is confronted with the tape recorder in Howards office The tape recorder signifies the change in Willys life throug h the advancement of technology It also represents the end of Willys career This is brought about when Howard Willys boss and godson shows the tape recorder to Willy and appe ars to be more interested in the sound and technology of the machine instead of Willy who i s fighting for his job Howard no longer need s Willys services and without concern fires him This to Willy was like eating the orange and throwing away the peel However Willy is partly to blame as he does not accept change and wants to remain in the pas t This is foreshadowed in the scene where Willy is left alone with the tape recorder and is unable to shut it off Willy believes in using his old techniques and
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