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December 04, 2005

success and failure

Miller, Death of a Salesman -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Although this is my second time reading this play, its still confused me. Willy Loman's Delusions of Grandeur confused me whether or not what was going on was real or not. Willy is definitely mental. Does anyone know what's actually wrong with him?

WILLY: Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground.

After the huge fight scene in Frank's CHop Houe in Act II, Willy all of a sudden is fixated on buying seeds to plant in his backyard garden.

I think the garden and seeds symbolize Willy's failure. As he's planting the seeds and comparing them to success and failure, inside he is disappointed he never really ever became his salesman idol, Dave Singleman.

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