Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Linda Loman is the heart and soul of the Loman household. She loves her family, even though she is all too aware of husband's faults and her sons' characters. She provides a sharp contrast to the seamy underbelly of the world of sex, symbolized by the Woman and the prostitutes. They operate in the "real world" as part of the impersonal forces that corrupt. Happy equates his unhealthy relationships with women to taking manufacturer's bribes, and Willy's Boston whore can "put him right through to the buyers." In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Linda Loman holds the family together through purity and love - she keeps the accounts, encourages her husband, and tries to protect him from heartbreak. She is the personification of the ideal family, a social unity in which the individual has a real and separate identity.
The concepts of Father and Mother are developed when we are babies and before we are conscious of self. In contrast, the concept of Friend, Teacher, Employee, Boss, Colleague, Supervisor, and the many other social relations come to us long after we have gained consciousness of ourselves, and are therefore outside ourselves. They are thus in an objective rather than subjective category. In any case what feel is always more "real" to us than what we know, and we feel the family relationship while we only know the social one. (Florio 35-36)
If Willy is not totally unsympathetic (and he is not), much of the goodness in him is demonstrated in his devotion to his wife, according to his lights. Though he is often masterful and curt, he is still deeply concerned about her: "I was fired, and I'm looking for a little good news to tell your mother, because the woman has waited and the woman has...