The Personification of Family

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The Personification of Family “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love”. As humans we learn to accept those we love despite their strengths and weaknesses. We create bonds that go beyond logic and reasoning. Bonds that overpower the mind and with the proper time allow us to omit our pain. Love stands superior to all faults in a relationship. Such is the imperfection of love that without experiencing pain, love is never really understood. In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller presents Linda, the heart of the Loman family, as a mother figure that agrees with Mother Teresa’s quote. Linda is compassionate, understanding, and loving towards Willy, however she is seen as the family…show more content…
Idolizing Ben, Willy too wants “to walk into the jungle” and become rich and with time learns to regret his decision, leaving Linda in regret. So with comfort she encourages him to believe in his illusions, in a way that caused her to retaliate in response to his failures. In addition when he starts realizing he’s a “pitiful adventurer of the road”, Linda makes excuses out of pity. Quick to jump to conclusions and make false accusations, Linda blames “the steering” and his “glasses” when Willy can’t seem to keep his mind on the road and returns home early from his business trip. “You didn’t rest your mind” Linda explains as Willy tries to remember what went wrong. His inevitable memories of his long ago affair with Miss Frances, allows Willy to admit “It’s me”. Feeling impotent Linda tells him to “just try to relax”. However, knowing that he is unable to work and borrows money from Charlie to provide for her, Linda can be described as “a blind leader of the blind”. Becoming aware of his ‘accidental’ crashes and the line attachment to the gas pipe, she is unable to explain reality to him and creates a false world in which she ignores his suicidal attempts. However by not mentioning his stupidity she allows Willy to believe he is “…worth more dead than alive.” Without a doubt, however, Linda is an admirable wife. She is an amiable and sympathetic person who protects her husband from heartbreak and disappointment. And although her excessive

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