Feminist Analysis Death of a Salesman Essay examples

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Feminist Analysis of Death of a Salesman

What’s great about this play is gives us insight into the past and focuses on an average family and provides lots of material to do a feminist analysis of. The most prominent woman figure in this play is Linda, but the male characters in this play also give us insight into women’s roles and help feed the feminist analyses To get us started, how do the roles and identities of women in this play compare to that of the male figures?

Objectivity of women
Biff and Happy
-“Take those two we had tonight, now weren’t they gorgeous creatures?”
-“it gets like bowling, I just keep knockin’ them over and it doesn’t mean anything”
-“a girl, y’know, they always
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Only portrayed as a wife and mother, less dimensional than the other characters.
-Does this take away from her character development?
-Her goals are measured by Willy’s achievements
-Linda is desexualized
Treatment of Linda/Relationship with Willy
-Willy is commanding to her “swiss cheese”
“You’re my foundation and my support Linda”
-Willy does not let Linda talk “don’t interrupt” (62, 64-65) READ
-Biff defends her from Willy but she defends Willy, then Biff says “Don’t go making excuses for him, he wiped the floor with you. He never had an ounce of respect for you (54-55)
-Biff and Happy objectify girls (20 + 21) Also, “gorgeous creatures”, ‘it’s like bowling” (23-24)
-Linda says” I’m not your maid anymore”
-Described by Happy as having “character and resistance” which is a quality he wants in a woman, unlike the ones he’s been with
-Whenever Willy is upset about something she just sugarcoats his flaws and compliments him (37) do you think we just know something she doesn’t, or is there other motivation for her to do this?)
-Seems like the first time she ever voiced her real opinion (57) about how Happy and Biff are ungrateful towards Willy
-What is the purpose of her character? So that women of the forties could empathize with her situation more

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