Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

1218 words - 5 pages

Linda Loman
As time grows, a spouse becomes a soul mate, best friend, and lover all in one. No one will ever show their dedication and love for you like your significant other and that’s what Arthur Miller addresses in the play Death of a Salesman. Linda Loman is the wife of Willy Loman, a man that treats her wrong but she still stands by his side. Linda is a vital character because she never has a low personality, she chooses her husband over her children she’s strong when her husband passes away and she the voice of the playwright.
Linda Loman has been noticing her husband has been down in the dumps but still attempts to keep him motivated. Usually when someone treats a person bad they simply remove themselves from the situation but Linda didn’t. Linda has “developed an iron repression of her exceptions to Willy’s behavior – she more than loves him, she admires him, as though his mercurial nature, his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him”(1070). Throughout the play Willy constantly disrespects and ignores Linda but she has become immune to it:
LINDA. Willy, dear, I got a new kind of American-type cheese today. It’s whipped.
WILLY. Why did you get American when I like Swiss?
LINDA. I just thought you’d like a change –
WILLY. I don’t want a change! I want Swiss cheese. Why am I always being contradicted?
LINDA (with a covering laugh). I thought it would be a surprise. (1071)
In the dialogue she keeps a positive attitude and brushes it off even he gets angry and becomes rude. Women are emotional creatures. Their feelings get hurt if they take something in the wrong context and Linda shows her strength by “[using] a covering laugh [and having] infinite patience” and not getting upset when her nice gesture was declined (1071).
Throughout the play no one treats Linda low except Willy. Everyone else actually has the upmost respect for her because they see what she’s dealing with and they know it’s not easy. Biff hasn’t seen his father like this so it startles him and makes him and angry. He addressed his mom about the situation she sticks up for her husband, “Don’t, he’ll hear you … it’ll pass by morning?”(1082).
Moms usually pick the children over their husband but Linda has a different way of thinking. She’s knows her husband needs her now more than ever and she not going to let anyone come between her and Willy. Biff and Happy know their father has gone nuts but they choose to acknowledge and treat him different and Linda dislikes it. Linda believes, “if [they] don’t have any feeling for [Willy], then [they] don’t have any feelings for [her]” (1082). The love Linda has for Willy is stronger than words can explain:
LINDA. … He’s the dearest man in the world to me, and I won’t have anyone making him feel unwanted and low and blue. You’ve got to make up your mind now, darling, there’s no leeway any more. He’s your father and you pay him that respect or else you’re...

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