Essay- Death of a Salesman
Friday, June 7, 2013
English Essay- Death of a Salesman In the beginning of the play “Death of a Salesman”, by Arthur Miller, the author presents the relationship between Willy and Linda in different ways. By showing the love of Linda towards Willy and how she takes care of him, also with different situations where Linda shows her patience with Willy’s problems of being cruel or getting angry easily.
To start with, they have a very special relationship. Linda is really positive and transmits that to her husband “… you’re doing wonderful, dear. You are making seventy to a hundred dollars a week.” or “Well, next week you’ll do better”, this portrays that although they were in a bad economic situation and that the money is not enough for them, she motivates him to continue. She acts as a mother and in a very sweet manner with him because he has many problems and Linda is the one in charge of making him feel better. Willy recognizes her effort by saying “you’re my foundation and my support, Linda”; this shows he is grateful about her taking care of him.
Moreover, Linda is always defending Willy and making him feel good she says that “he is the handsomest man in the world” when he is fat, old and cruel. Also when she says to Biff, their son, “Biff, dear, if you don’t have any feeling for him, then you can’t have any feeling for me” is defending him and saying that everything that happens to her husband happens to her.
Willy’s relation with Linda is also very close and affective. The problem is that Willy looses his temper in a middle of a conversation or start talking of anything else so it is difficult for them to talk seriously. This is shown where they are talking about him and Linda is saying that he has to relax and suddenly he says “Now isn’t that peculiar! Isn’t that a remarkable (…) that is the most remarkable thing?” So the difficulties of Willy are a problem for the relation. Linda is very observant when it comes to Willy, however I do not believe that she knows about the Woman in Boston. If she does in fact know, she does not let on throughout the course of the play. I do not think Linda would treat Willy so well if she knew he was having an affair with another woman. Although, she might love Willy very much I think that she might not be able to overlook being cheated on. I find the way Linda constantly 'gives Willy a smile' is very moving. By 'wearing a mask' in front of Willy and by never expressing herself with annoyance in her words, she seems to overlook Willy's faults and weaknesses and shows infinite patience with Willy. She is positive and optimistic nearly all the time when she is in the presence of Willy and pretends not to know the truth that Willy fails to face. She sees what her husband is going through, and she supports him and loves him despite his many failures and weaknesses. She realizes that Willy is just an ordinary man (having problems obviously being a part of normality) but she doesn't blame him for it, if anything, she loves him more because of it. She protects Willy when Biff argues with him, defends Willy from Biff and Happy who think Willy is going crazy and she respects him enough to pretend that she doesn't know that he's trying to kill and that he's lost his salary.
Given the complex and compelling traits of the male characters in Death of a Salesman, it is surprising that Miller chose to give so little attention to the female characters. In stereotypical fashion, Linda Loman, Willy’s wife merely serves as the acceptable view