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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

Tennis Racket

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The tennis racket Willy observes when he chats with Bernard in Charley’s office is a symbol of Bernard’s success and Biff’s failure. While athletic Biff and Happy hoped to make a fortune selling sports equipment, it is Bernard, who in high school stood on the sidelines while Biff played sports, that now owns the tennis racket.

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