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In Act Two of Death of a Salesman , why does Willy keep planting seeds where they've never grown before?

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I think that the idea is that Willy always intended to start a garden but never planted seeds before. He has waited until it was too late. Now the little house is surrounded by high-rise buildings that shut out the sunlight. One of the themes of the play is that a person should prepare for the future. Biff is a failure because he never prepared for anything. He believed in Willy's philosophy that the important thing in life was to be well liked by other people. In this competitive and rapidly changing world, other people do not really care much about one another. Under capitalism it is a matter of survival of the fittest. But that...

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