Death Of A Salesman Women Essay

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"What a woman! They broke the mold when they made her,” alludes to the representation of women in the tragic play of Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, as ideal. The play narrates the story of an aging salesman, Willy, who is fired from his job. After a series of unfortunate events, he encourages his sons to start a Loman’s Brother business. However, Biff decides that he is a man of the country and doesn’t want a business, hence, he gives up on the loan. When Willy hears that they are unable to get the money, he commits suicide. The reasoning behind Willy’s actions is that his sons would be able to use his insurance money to secure their future. Throughout the play, female characters are depicted as secondary and subordinate servers to…show more content…
As illustrated, Willy, her husband and ultimate power figure, has no problem in silencing her. Throughout the play, Linda supports Willy, even during his state of hallucination and failure. She does so by concealing the truth in order to protect him from his own mind. She becomes so ingrained in this concealment that she even believes he is still successful and well-liked despite his exaggerations, “But you’re doing wonderful, dear. You’re making seventy to a hundred dollars a week.” Linda will never admit to Willy that he is a failure. She knows that Willy is not making enough money and that he is unsuccessful in most of the things he does. But still, she encourages him, and lets him know they’ll go through it together, just like a supportive and submissive wife…show more content…
As indicated by the lack of a proper name, The Woman is a undeveloped character. She is a secretary, a stereotypical and inferior position, who Willy meets during his work travels. She is described as a sensual being, “The Woman enters, laughing. Willy follows her. She is in a black slip; he is buttoning his shirt. Raw, sensuous music accompanies their speech.” A clear portrayal of her sensuality as responsible for hypnotizing Willy into committing adultery. It’s not Willy’s fault, it’s The Woman. Furthermore, she represents Willy’s need for reaffirmation as she says, “From now on, whenever you come to the office, I’ll see that you go right through to the buyers. No waiting at my desk anymore, Willy.” The unique treatment makes him feel special, well liked. Thus, one can assume that The Woman is used to plump Willy’s fragile ego, fulfill his needs, and gain advantages in the workplace. The Woman embodies an image of the 1940s that is condemned in the novel, as the author uses her to destroy Willy’s appearance as the perfect
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