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Why does Linda tell the boys "get out of here and don't come back" in Death of a Salesman?

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baker3 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2009 at 2:23 AM via web

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Why does Linda tell the boys "get out of here and don't come back" in Death of a Salesman?

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 19, 2009 at 8:14 PM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Act Two, Linda is disgusted that her sons had made off with a prostitute in a restaurant while Willy was in the "men's room" (toilet). In the heat of her anger she wishes them "good riddance," but in the end her maternal love brings her around. The family reconciliation is short-lived, however, since hard on the heels of this event is Willy's "accident," which all of them know is really a suicide.

Extra note:  The Loman sons' philandering is also a sour resonance of Willy's own infidelity and double-faced nature.  While his wife Linda trods around in mended stockings, Willy is offering expensive presents to his "conquests"  -- which besides being a betrayal in itself,  puts an extra strain on the family budget. Linda, who has been fiercely defending her husband up to this point, becomes increasingly aware that more than just one thing has gone awry within the family matrix.

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