• 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. In this essay I will analyse the way in which Miller attacks this pursuit of the American Dream. In the first part, I will focus on the use of Symbolisms; in the second part I will examine the use of motifs.

Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  • Essay length: 835 words
  • Submitted: 12/08/2011
Share this essay:
International Baccalaureate World Literature

The first 200 words of this essay...

The pursuit of the American dream can inspire ambition; it can transform a person and cause him to become motivated and hard-working, with high standards and morals; or, it can tear a person down, to the point of near insanity that results from the wild, hopeless chase after the dream. In this essay I will analyse the way in which Miller attacks this pursuit of the American Dream. In the first part, I will focus on the use of Symbolisms; in the second part I will examine the use of motifs.

Many symbols are incorporated in the play. The hose, tape recorder and the seeds are some of these symbols. The hose in Miller's drama directly relates to the theme of death. The hose is a line attached to the gas main in Willy's house which allows him to sniff the gas. This action can be seen as Willy's suicide wish, and escape from the realities of life. It also symbolises the death of his American dream as he loses his job and his family. The tape recorder represents the end of Willy's career. This is brought about when Howard, Willy's boss and godson, shows the tape

Read more
The above preview is unformatted text

Found what you're looking for?

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

  • "
    This site has allowed me to gain confidence in my work and obtain the best results, by using the submitted courseworks and essays as guidelines. I thank everyone who has participated in adding their work to it!!
    "
    Sabreena, England. A Level Student. Biology and Chemistry.
  • "
    Markedbyteachers.com is the most informative, easy to navigate site that I have used, acquiring a wealth of information to assist with my degree.
    "
    Natalie. Criminology, Politics, Psychology and Economics. University Student.

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.