Theme | Quote | Technique | How is it relevant |
Reality vs Illusion | * ‘Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?’ * “I’m the New England man. I’m vital in New England” * ‘I've got to get some seeds. I've got to get some seeds, right away. Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground.’ * “I have such thoughts, such strange thoughts” * | * Rhetorical Question * Metaphor * Symbolism * Repetition | * Willy is not ‘remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?’ Willy is ...view middle of the document...
Family | * “Linda: Be loving to him. Because he’s only a little boat looking for a harbor…Oh, that’s wonderful Biff, you’ll save his life” * | * Metaphor | * Willy has been exhausted by his troubles and his rescue seems to be entirely dependent on Biff. Linda is so sensitive to the importance of Biff’s love and respect that she puts her comments about their relationship in terms of life and death. |
Nature and Physical Pursuits | * Willy: “Biff is a lazy bum” | * Metaphor | * Willy is disappointed with his son Biff. Biff does not portray the American Dream and is not as successful as he was expected to be. |
* Willy is in his sixties and has reached that point in life when he realises his dreams never come true
* Just about everyone and everything Willy comes in contact with remind him of his failure
* Linda’s mending of stockings reminds him of his failure as a husband and father
* Charlie’s weekly loans remind him of his professional failure, and all the mechanical breakdowns in his home remind him of his inability to prosper in the modern world
* Willy’s failure results largely because he followed the wrong dream
* He deludes himself into thinking that sales is his proper career
* His father and brother travelled and they were both successful
* Through sales, Willy...