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When you have spent an important part of your life playing Lets Pretend its often easy to see symbolism where none exists Gene Tierneys insightful words mimic the many analogies in Willy Lomans lifeInDeath of a SalesmanBrooklyn New York native Willy Loman is trying to become successful as a salesman and in lifeUnfortunately his hopes and aspirations to achieve the American Dream elude himThroughout the play Willy searches for the perfect life which in turn leads him down a hopeless pathAfter multiple failed attempts to achieve his goals Willys grasp on life becomes warpedAs Willys illusions become more frequent and more intense his condition begins to take a toll on his lifeUsing objects such as seeds diamonds and stockings Arthur Miller creates a deep intricate web of symbolism in this theatrical novelBeginning with seeds Arthur Miller begins to grow his symbolic web Seeds represent Willys concern and longing to prove that he can become a successful workingman and provide for his sons Biff and HappyIf he cannot obtain these standards Willy fears he will continue the ancestral cycle of fathers failing their sonsIn Act two Willy explains to Stanley Nothings planted I dont have a thing in the ground122 Referring to his sons and their futureWilly feels he let down his sons by failing to provide them with material thingsBy planting seeds Willy wishes to grow something that will thrive and provide for them after his deathHopefully by giving his family something through the seeds he will be remembered as a great manAlso the seeds show that Willy and Biff are not cut out to be company menLiving a simple life such as farming is more natural to themThough Willy may long for life in a suit and tie it is obvious is destined to be successfulIn contrast with his idea of lowly farm life Willy believes diamonds embody wealth financial security for his family and successThus diamonds also portray the concept of the ability
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