SYMBOLISM / IMAGERY ÃÂ· Willy symbolizes the common man ÃÂ· BiffÃÂs football game = a symbol of success for the future to Willy ÃÂ· Ben represents all that Willy wishes the boys to be, yet his actions in the past are not firmly established. He is, for Willy, a symbol of all that is ÃÂ«good in the land of opportunityÃÂ ÃÂ· The garden is symbolic of Willy needing to leave something behind for people to remember him by.
SOCIETY ÃÂ· consumer society Ã pressures of advertising persuade people to acquire goods and to do so by paying for them by installments ÃÂ· money defines success: people are judged by the amount they acquire, and the amount of success is linked with the amount of money they have.
- that is why Willy feels he has to succeed, and the only way to show his success is to acquire money and material goods.
ÃÂ· WillyÃÂs America Ã land of opportunity in which ambition young people like Biff can accomplish great things ÃÂ· Real AmericaÃ although it still may be the land of opportunity, it seems to have acquired a new set of values ÃÂ· countryside is different from modern consumer society: the structure of society there is much simpler and differentÃÂit is an image of an older America ÃÂ· Willy feels that he has to be within societyÃÂyet looks back to a golden age when life was simpler.
ÃÂ· Society in which the Lomans live is governed by people like Ben-ruthless managers who care little for the opinions of others, and in such a society the Lomans, although they only occasionally realize it, are out of place.
ÃÂ· There are many forms of failure as well as success that are spawned by our American system. The Lomans are all an...