Linda Loman Character Analysis

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There are many traits that separate an idealist from a fantasizer. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Miller writes a modern tragedy that revolves around a washed up salesman by the name of Willy Loman. Willy Loman is a hysterical man who constantly lost his grip on reality by revisiting old memories of his past and entangling them with the present. Willy’s unhealthy state of mind was never met with opposition as his beloved wife Linda Loman failed to intervene with Willy’s demoralizing behavior. Linda’s obliviousness toward Willy’s health and her overabundance of support toward her husband’s acute dreams unintentionally guided him to an early grave. Linda Loman was only acting as a “good wife” because in the 1940’s women were restricted from speaking out against their husband’s dreams as “a wife was a good wife only if she carried out her man’s every order and agreed with him on everything”. (Roobix Coob) Therefore, Linda Loman is the classic enabler of the Loman family, fostering unrealistic dreams, and refusing to accept the apparent declining mental state of her husband, Willy Loman. In the opening scene of the play
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This conservation demonstrates that Linda Loman fully believes in her husband’s ability to overcome and succeed. This conversation also highlights that whenever Willy is low on confidence he turns to his wife whom he expects will boost his confidence because “Linda Loman has endless faith in Willy and hopes that things will work out” (Tobias Thelen). Linda Loman is hesitant when it comes to facing the truth, she knows the truth but she rather hide behind the lies that persist in the Loman

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