Death of a Salesman
Is Linda a supportive or destructive force in her husband’s life?
“Death Of A Salesman” by Arthur Miller shows the gradual collapse of Wily Loman.
Linda Loman is a destructive force in Willy Loman’s life through her excessive
support. His wife, Linda attempts to help him by continuos support and
encouragement. Although she knows he is distressed, she persuades him to
believe he is successful and well-liked. She conceals the truth in order to protect
Linda is described as the personification of family. She holds the family
together by encouraging her husband and protecting him from heartbreak. She
supports Willy’s confidence and defends him against criticism. Her excessive
support is a pathetic effort to protect his identity. Linda will never admit to herself,
nor anyone else that Willy is a failure. She allows him to believe he is more
successful than he really is. Linda can be described as “ordinary, loving, and a blind
leader of the blind.” Linda is aware that Willy is borrowing money in order to
provide Linda with a weekly paycheck. She is also aware that Willy has attempted
to kill himself several times, yet she remains silent and avoids confrontation.
Linda’s silent nature has proven to be unsuccessful in her attempts to help Willy, or
to hold the family together. Her personality lacks the strength to speak up and
force Willy to face reality.
Critics have described Linda as “profoundly unsatisfactory” as a character, not the lest bit sexually interesting, and incapable of playing a significant role in her husband’s dreams.” Linda’s personality disguise is demonstrated throughout the film by...