Linda Loman Essay
Linda Loman is a flat, undeveloped character, a foil for the main character in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” (1262).
Linda, his wife, has stirred in her bed at the right. She gets out and puts on a robe, listening. Most often jovial, she has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to Willy’s behavior – she more than loves him, she admires him, as though his mercurial temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him, longings which she shares but lacks the temperament to utter and follow to their end. (1263)
In his stage directions the playwright gives a brief characterization of Linda -- and even here she is described by how she is …show more content…
Willy’s suicide is the ultimate betrayal of his wife. He decides to commit suicide to provide his son with a $20,000 stake while imagining how impressed Biff will be by the large turnout at his funeral. He has no thought for Linda or her grief. The play ends with her saying she is unable to cry:
Forgive me dear. I can’t cry. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t cry. I don’t understand it. Why did you ever do that? Help me, Willy, I can’t cry. It seems to me