Theme Of Abandonment In Death Of A Salesman

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Abandonment and the Lomans No one knows the pain of abandonment unless they have experienced it personally.
Abandonment can make someone feel unworthy; like they do not deserve attention or affection. Some children who are abandoned by someone they love or trust tend to have a hard time developing trusting or healthy relationships in their lives. Arthur Miller explores this emotional roller coaster in his play Death of a Salesman. He shows how these feelings can turn into actions. He also demonstrates how those who have not experienced abandonment find these feelings hard to understand. The Lomans are a perfect example of this. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, each character feels a sense of abandonment and each fights his or her
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Linda Loman. She is the longtime wife of Willy and takes care of him while he is in need. Linda is one hundred percent selfless. She knows her husband is suicidal and hard to get along with, but she defends him so that no one will ever speak badly about him. She is sensitive towards Willy and tries to be understanding of his feelings and emotions. She spends every day of her life trying to ensure that Willy is happy. Willy abandons his marriage with Linda when he has an affair with a woman he works with. Linda is portrayed as a sort of disrespected house wife who dedicated her life to being obedient to her husband. However, she is so much more than that. In Kenneth Williams’s article “Notes from the Undergrad: Reviving Linda Loman in “Death of a Salesman”, he says that “Linda is a fighter who is able to keep the household running by herself while at the same time a strong caretaker offering her love and protection even in the darkest of situations” (par. 3). Although Linda may have felt all alone and abandoned by each of her immediately family members, all she wanted was to keep them all healthy and happy. Willy abandoned her by having an affair, lacking at his job and losing money for them, and losing his mind and not being able to have a stable connection with her. These events left her to be the one who had to take care of everything in their household. The boys abandoned her when they assured her that they would help her with Willy and invited him to dinner, but then left him at the restaurant. They leave it all up to her to take care of their suicidal father. Linda is surrounded by men she either raised or committed her life to loving and they all let her

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