• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Death of a Salesman. Nothings planted. I don't have a thing in the ground. Was Willy just talking about planting a garden?

Extracts from this document...


"Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground." Was Willy just talking about planting a garden? In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Willy reference to planting seeds its not only talking about a garden but also represents a metaphorical meaning behind it. Gardening is a metaphor for success and failure of Willy's profession as a salesman, even though his roots are sales. In the play, Willy talks to Stanley about buying seeds to plant backyard because he does not have 'a thing in the ground'. ...read more.


It represents Willy's opportunity to prove the worth of his labour, both as a salesman and a father. His attempt to try and grow vegetables signifies his shame about barely being able to put food on the table and to provide for his family. Also, having nothing to leave his children when he dies. The seeds also symbolise Willy's sense of failure with Biff. Willy finally realises that he has been a failure and that he needs to starts over. ...read more.


Willy has set his sight on ending his life to realise his life assurance and to further provide for his family. By planting the seeds into the ground he will soon bear fruits. Just like when his body is buried in the ground, his family will receive the 20,000 dollars insurance money. By planting seeds into the ground, he will be assured that his life was not meaningless and that his legacies will the bountiful produce. After having such a barren career. Willy does this as a final act to ensure that he provides for his family and in a sense to commemorate his life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Death of a Salesman ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. tension in the death of a salesman

    If Happy was a salesman he might be the favourite son. Willy wants his sons to be better and to live better then he did. Willy considers suicide. 'Why? Does it take guts to stand here. The rest of my life is using up a zero?'

  2. Death of a Salesman

    Willy shows himself to be a liar throughout the play. When he and Howard are having a conversation, Willy claims that in 1928 he 'had a big year'. He 'averaged a hundred and seventy dollars a week in commissions'. Howard knows this is a lie and that Willy 'never averaged' this amount and that he was never a good salesman.


    - Dave Singleman- death of a salesman figure in a way Willy admires him because he thinks what a successful man BUT his name gives away the fact that he is alone SINGLE. - Charley's son Bernard is a huge success in society compared to Biff and Happy.

  2. Death of a Salesman Essay

    main plot and to feel as though they are a part of the play and feel the same emotions as the characters. As a result, in all the scenes involving both Willy and Biff, Miller creates a tense atmosphere that could be cut with a knife, 'Hey, hey, Biffo!'

  1. Death Of A Salesman

    We see Ben as one of the failures of the 'American Dream' because Ben says "the jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy" meaning he has already achieved the 'American Dream' by walking into the world and coming back to his dream world with lots of money making Willy thinking that it is easy to attain.

  2. Discuss the Importance of Dreams in "Death of a Salesman"

    The flashbacks are cut against real time and the effect of them is firstly to delineate the play's structure, and secondly to concentrate the audience's attention on both what will happen to the characters and what did happen in the past to shape them into the way they are now.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work