Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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How are diamonds symbolic in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman?

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In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman has been a salesman for over thirty-five years. Now in his sixties, the job is very hard for him because he is still on the road for long hours. He is also very concerned about his children and their success in life, especially Biff from whom he has always expected great things. However, Biff has not been successful; Willy lives so much in the past, that he overlooks his son's failure to graduate his senior year and the loss of his scholarship.

Willy's other difficulty is being so caught up in the past (in the way things were and the way his life could have been) that he has imaginary conversations with his brother Ben. Ben was a great success in life. One way he made a fortune was going to Africa and coming home with diamonds.

BEN:

...instead I ended up in Africa.

LINDA:

Africa!

WILLY:

The Gold Coast!

BEN:

Principally diamond mines.

LINDA:

Diamond mines!...

WILLY:

...Boys! Listen to this. This is your Uncle Ben, a great man! Tell my boys, Ben!

BEN:

Why...

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