How did Linda contribute to Willy's troubles? What quotes can prove this?

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Linda loved Willy fiercely, but often enabled him in his inability to see and accept the truth. When she describes him as

 The handsomest man ever

 She is trying to boost his confidence as he feels he is “foolish”. However, as Willy is prone to wild swings of mood, he believes at least part of her attempts to bolster him. When he is clearly too ill to be driving, she tries to convince him that the fault lies with the car, or his glasses – anything other than his own inadequacy. They do not talk about the fact he has been reduced to a commission only wage. She cannot bear to face him with regard to the rubber pipe which implies his suicide plan. Linda is too afraid to face the reality of Willy’s decline, and as a result indirectly contributes to his demise. Biff recognises that her protective nature has only corrupted him further-

BIFF: Stop making excuses for him! He always, always wiped the floor with you. Never had an ounce of respect for you.


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