The Woman's Role In The Early 1900's

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In the early 1900’s, the woman's role was to stay home, clean and take care of the children. Arthur Miller illustrated the life of the average woman in the 1900’s with the character Linda in Death of a Salesman. Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York in 1915. Arthur Miller’s father owned a clothing company that employed four hundred people, but after the wall street crash his family lost everything and moved to Brooklyn. After graduating in 1932, Miller worked in several small jobs to pay for his tuition, While in college at the University of Michigan he majored in Journalism worked for the student paper. Arthur Millers early career started after his graduation, he wrote The Man Who Had All The Luck in 1940 which won the Theatre Guild’s National Award, In 1946 Miller’s play All My Sons won Him his first Tony Award. In 1948 he wrote Death of A Salesman won him another Tony Award, the New York Drama Circle Critics’ Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Death of A Salesman is the story of Willy Loman and the struggles he faces trying to achieve the “American Dream”, not only for him but for his sons. Willy wants to have a perfect family and a perfect life, but his family and life are know where near perfect which causes him to go into depression and want to kill him self. Due to Willy’s many desperate attempts at suicide he starts to lose his mind, start talking to himself and have flash backs. After Willy’s sons Happy and Biff are turned down for a loan Willy finally goes through with taking his life, and leaves his family with the insurance money to pay of debts so they can live a better life. Willy’s wife Linda plays the submissive role, and just leaves Willy in his own hands. In Death of A Salesman linda represents the woman of that time because she was loyal, Submissive, and she protected her husbands feelings. In Death of A Salesman Linda is loyal to Willy because even after she see’s his attempts at suicide she stays by his side and doesn't leave.

In the early 1900’s the woman's role was to stay home and support their husbands in everything that they did. In many was linda’s devotion to Willy could be reflect to many of the women of the time. Linda’s loyalty to Willy causes her to be blinded to all the issues around her. If Linda would have voiced her opinions it probably could have halted willy suicide if they would have communicated about Willy’s issues, cause if linda would have shown Willy that there were other sides besides his own he might have just accepted his position in life except for taking his life. If Linda would have thought for herself and voiced her own opinion versus just agreeing with Willy’s ideas on need the for material things. Linda is also aware of Willy’s lies about being well liked and him being such a great salesman, but her loyalty to him restraints her from ever bringing up the truth whenever he lies to their children or friends about the situation. Nevertheless women of that time period were...

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