The role of Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman

Introduction: “Death of a Salesman” (1949) has been upheld by American society and families in 1949. Arthur Miller (1915-2005) criticizes society’s idea of the American Dream, the capitalist system, greed, the Lack of fidelity, and peer pressure. Here, Linda Loman is the epitome of American women’s presence and the ideal wife. 

Linda is Willy’s faithful wife. She is the most caring and sympathetic character in the play. She loves her husband with all his faults and virtues. She always stands by him like a pole. She always tries to protect Willy’s dreams and emotions in the play. 

If we scan the play, we get that her greatest weakness lies in her blind support of Willy. She strongly defends him even though she understands that he does not deserve to be defended. Another weakness is that she does not have the imagination to understand Willy’s dreams of success.  

When Willy gets the chance to move to Alaska and nurture his dreams of success with Ben, Linda holds her back by reminding him of a big future with Wagner Farms. 

She also repeatedly lies to Willy to believe that he is successfully providing enough things for her and the family. She also tells him that he is popular and attractive to everyone. Linda’s role in the play is very simple. She is a traditional and concerned wife and mother. She struggles enough to keep her family happy, especially Willy and Happy.  

More Notes: Death of a Salesman

Conclusion: From the above discussion, we can say that Miller successfully portrays both family and social conflict in “Death of a Salesman”. The play is a depressing but true reflection of American society. 

Ruhul Huda
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