Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman Signs. “Death of a Salesperson” by Arthur Miller is a have fun with a lot of signs and themes. This play is wrought with significance from the beginning of it, from the very first, opening scene. Symbolism is a very fundamental part of this play, it illustrates Willy’s entire life, all his successes and failures in life. A lot of the symbols are either representing something desired but difficult to reach, or some goals in life and Willy’s future. Signs might be discovered practically all over in the book. They are representing Willy’s desire, attempts to be a successful male and his impending failure.
There are 3 primary signs in this play: Rubber Hose/Car, Africa/Alaska/The West, and Stockings. All of them signify various things, Africa/Alaska/The West- are the symbols of success and richness, Stockings-are signs of cheating and betrayal, and Rubber Hose/Car- are the symbols of suicide. I will talk more about Rubber Tube/ Cars And Truck. These signs are very essential since they bring us Willy’s flashbacks, we see his past life. Cars and trucks represent his mental and social wellness. By this time he owns a Chevvy, he states that it is the best automobile worldwide. “Chevrolet, Linda, is the best cars and truck ever constructed. (page 22). He constantly remembers that red Chevvy that he had in 1928. That automobile brings him the flashback about the times when Biff and Pleased were still in high school, how they utilized to simonize the automobile. Cars are also a sign of change in this book, Willy states: “The street is lined with cars and trucks. There’s not a breath of fresh air in the area.” (page 8), it suggests that whatever altered in this world. Willy’s cars and truck is likewise a sign of suicide. Willy smashed his car a coupe of times previously. Then when he was driving from work he almost smashed it again. “You didn’t smash the car, did you? (page 5), this is what Linda asked him when he returned from work, since he was looking extremely bad and pale. So in general the car is not a great sign for Willy, they make him “return in time”, (flashbacks), or he almost dyes. Rubber Pipe is a symbol of Willy’s desire for suicide. He tries to kill himself utilizing the Rubber Pipe concealed behind the fuse box. “I was searching for a fuse. The lights burnt out, and I went down the cellar. And behind the circuit box– it took place to fall out– was a length of rubber pipeline– simply short. “( page 42). It reveals that he was attempting to kill himself, and he prepared it.
Willy had actually prepared to breathe in gas. Like Willy’s other attempted method of suicide– driving off the road in the automobile he utilizes to take a trip to work– the rubber pipe points how the benefits such as the car and water heater that Willy works so hard to purchase to pay for might, under their surface, be eliminating him. “I all of a sudden could not drive anymore. The vehicle kept going off onto the shoulder, y’ know?” (page 5). All these symbols show Willy’s desire to eliminate himself, in any method, by breathing in gas or smashing the car. And he in fact understands it at the end of the book. So generally he understood what he wished to do.