Describe Linda from "Death of a Salesman".

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Linda loves her husband and sons fiercely: more than she cares for herself.However, it is evident that Willy is the centre of her world.  She contributes to the failure of Willy by shoring him up and bolstering his confidence rather than gently pointing out reality. She tells Willy he is

 The handsomest man in the world

 And that he is

 idolized by his children

She is aware of his decline, but tries to support him in to believing other factors are responsible for his failure. She blames the car, his glasses and his overactive mind for his inability to drive properly. However, she does admit to Biff how worries she is for Willy-

 He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him.

She is desperate to save him; telling Biff and Happy about his suicide plans as she is “ashamed” to challenge him about her discovery.

Willy does not treat Linda well. She makes do, as we see her darning her stockings, whilst he is seen giving stockings to the woman in his hotel room. When his is energised in seeing the potential in Biff, he cuts her out of the conversation

 WILLY [to LINDA] Will you stop!

Happy and Biff use their mother as much as Willy does. She is not invited to the meal at Frank’s Chop House. It is as if everyone expects her resilience to hold out.


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