The University of Virginia emblem on his shoes symbolizes his high ambitions; before he and Willy drifted apart.
One scene in the play is when Willy has a flashback of the hotel scene where Biff catches his "faithful" dad with another woman; this is what causes their father-son relationship to weaken. After this point in the play, Biff no longer tries to be "successful" like his father. This symbolizes Willys infidelity to the stockings. Because he gives the stocking that are meant for Linda to his mistress, they become a symbol of his infidelity. Every time Willy sees Linda humbly mending her old, torn stockings, he feels guilty for what he has done; therefore, the stockings are also a sign of his guilt and her humbleness. Another symbol relating to family worries is the mortgage on their house. In the hymn, Linda says, " I made the last payment on the house today. Today, dear. And therell be nobody home (poets, 1997). The house symbolized Willy and Lindas 35-year struggle to own their own home and as soon as the mortgage was finally paid off, no one was left to live in the house. Miller uses these symbols to help the reader understand in depth the conflicts within the Loman family.
Another way in Miller used symbolism was to show conflicts and problems with the society. The setting of Death of a Salesman is a symbol that is society-related. Willy felt that the apartment buildings that surrounded their house was blocking out the sunlight and country atmosphere that the Lomans used to enjoy; this symbolized the feeling of being choked by a society in which they lived in (utexas, 1993). He denies the idea that his life is processed for him, that he is the product of society; in contradiction, critics of the novel state, "Willy Loman is only as solid as the society in which he tries to sell himself (poets, 1997). A similar symbol is the hammock. The hammock that once swung in their back yard represented the earlier carefree soc View More »