He thought he was a salesman for Bill, when the truth was he had been a shipping clerk. That's just the spirit I want to imbue them with! Furthermore, considering Willy as bipolar makes for interesting reading for anyone suffering from the disorder, or who is curious to understand some of its more extreme effects. He is physically and emotionally spent, his mind especially is exhausted. He talks of walking into the jungle and finding the diamonds, which make him a rich man. And I think of the rent I'm paying. His suicide which precedes the play's final Requiem section is a car crash, an act that resonates with Willy's career as a salesman who traveled his region by car.
Resonance with Other Symbols The rubber pipe is certainly a distinctive symbol in Death of a Salesman, but it also shares similarities with other prominent symbols in the play, such as the flute and silk stockings. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. So even though there have been descriptions and depictions of mania and depression in literature, it is unlikely that Miller knew exactly what he was doing with Willy Loman when he gave him the qualities he has, merely that Miller was giving him an idealistic and far-reaching personality, given to grandiose notions and plunges into uncertainty and despair when his expectations are dashed. She tells them the witness of one of the accidents saw Willy drive purposefully into a bridge railing. When the boys come home late that night, they talk to Linda in the house.
He never earned enough to save anything, and he didn't build, and he didn't grow, and now that his job is done he has nothing left. The stockings are being denied because Biff is in the room. In fact, after this little flashback, we go right into a scene in which Willy is asking Linda about some diamonds that he had once. But now Happy has the urge to try, to become something. He is having trouble concentrating on his driving. Before he kept it to himself, but now his friend Charley knows he is thinking about committing suicide.
He also admires his father for being '…an adventurous man. The second thing we talked about as a symbol, were seeds, and how they represent hope in this story. The first thing you learn about him in the action on stage is that Willy almost crashed the car again while he was driving, because he is unable to focus on the road and keeps driving onto the shoulder. Considering him as bipolar though, I am able to understand his mood swings, his psychosis, and his ultimate suicide in what I think is a better, and perhaps more sympathetic, way. He was a good-looking, popular kid that knew how to play ball. When he discovers that he isn't vital anywhere, his worldview crumbles. I mean, Loman commits suicide and then no one comes to his funeral.
He fought it out here, and this is where I'm gonna win it for him. And you know I used to live in Brooklyn, there is a great park in the middle of it, but not a lot of people have successful gardening going on there. Willy's illusions about success impacted every part of his sons' lives. It is one of most famous plays and brought him international acclaim. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. But not enough sun gets back there. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another.
He was a subsistence worker. I saw the things that I love in this world. This is the first time in his life its been this close to him. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. The truth was he was an ordinary salesman, whose sales have been dropping in the past few years.
Lesson Summary Let's take a couple of moments to recap what we learned about the rubber pipe prop in Death of a Salesman. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. Willy latches onto this appealing idea, relieved to be able finally to prove himself a success in business. He is arguing directly to his employer that there must be responsibility taken for employees. Sometimes I sit in my apartment -- all alone. And this is really the kind of thing that Willy wants very badly. Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
The greatest things can happen! But Willy's appeal is not for some abstraction of attention or dignity. My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women. The thesis of Linda's speech - and of Salesman as a whole - is that all men deserve respect and attention. The seeds symbolize Willy's failure in other ways as well. It begins with the flashbacks to an earlier life, when Willy was happy insulting Charley and his son Bill. Charley tries to tell him his life is worth more than money, but Willy doesn't see any other way out of his financial difficulties.
Both boys are very much like their father. Willy's illusions about success impacted every part of his sons' lives. Now this is the final kind of rendezvous between the woman and Willy. He remembers, '… when he died, hundreds of salesmen and buyers were at his funeral. Perhaps he will succeed - but more likely, he too will fail. His name was never in the paper. Biff and Willy had, in their minds, raised Biff's importance to Bill and the company.
Biff has spent his life trying to live up to - or react against - an impossible falsehood and a vision of himself that never existed. This is when Biff comes to the door and sees the woman with his dad. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. The jungle of the business world, where a man has to hack his way to the top by being better than all the other employees and willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. But only great men, according to Willy, are truly well-liked - and that is what brings them success. Willy feels that he has worked hard but fears that he will not be able to help his offspring any more than his own abandoning father helped him.