Who suffers most from Willy's delusions in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller?

Two people who suffer the most from Willy's delusions in Death of a Salesman include Biff and Linda. Biff finds himself disenchanted when he finds out his idol is actually weak-minded and disloyal. Linda must support a psychologically fragile man while simultaneously being betrayed by him.

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It would be a toss-up between Biff and Linda as to who suffers the most from Willy's delusions, but in the end, I would side with Lindathough she is also an enabler.

Linda sees Willy's problems and strengths in a way no other character does. She know that Willy is not suited for sales work, and she knows full well he has not been successful in sales. She sees that her husband is delusional, knows he has attempted suicide before, and realizes he has a hose and is prepared to attempt suicide again. She understands that he has to puff himself because of his low self-esteem. Linda suffers both materially and emotionally as she has to prop up this psychologically fragile man who has betrayed her with other women.

Linda also has to suffer watching Willy's behavior damage her sons' life. Biff has imbibed Willy's delusion that you don't have to work hard to get ahead, only be personable. Biff has also suffered greatly from the disillusion he experienced when he found out in high school that...

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