How would you associate one of the characters in "Death of a Salesman" with the theme of forgiveness?

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Linda is clearly of a forgiving nature as she tolerates Willy's erratic behaviour and has stuck by him throughout their unsuccessful lives. She tolerates his mercurial mood swings, his frustrations over the turbulent relationship with their eldest son and, towards the end, his suicidal plans. Linda is aware of Willy's shortcomings, but she loves and cares for him anyway-

LINDA: I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest characters that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.

Linda has worked hard to save her husband and reconcile her family - to no avail. Her words in the requiem show that she still remains loyal to her husband-

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