Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

1270 Words Feb 25th, 2018 5 Pages
The play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and the poem, “Eating Together” by Li-Young Lee, illustrate how some women possess the ability to be the greatest support for their families. Linda and the wife in the poem both have the potential to be the cornerstone of their families because they both endure relationships with husbands who choose to end their lives instead of staying strong when faced with difficulties in life. Linda is capable of being the head of her family because Willy’s delusions made the realist inside of her come out, strengthening her character as a whole. Arthur Miller characterizes Willy as a man who did not have his values in order, weakening his credibility as an effective role model and father. One of these values, brawn over brains, is shown when Willy says, “… I thank Almighty God you’re both built like Adonises” (21). This type of illogical thinking is what Linda deals with every day, but she is able to keep her family in order. When Willy complains that there is no one in the house now that they have paid it all off, Linda says, “…life is a casting off. It’s always that way” (5). Linda’s statement of the truth not only brings Willy to reality, but it also foreshadows the cast off of Willy. That night, Linda suggests that Willy eat some of the American cheese on the middle shelf. Arthur Miller uses the…