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A Comparison between the Representation of Linda and Nora in Two Plays: Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House
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Kachramani Filia ENG 275 Instructor Dr Pappas Death of a Salesman by Miller and A Dolls House by Ibsen Death of a Salesman and A Dolls House are two plays that were written in different centuries In these plays among other things is presented the place that women hold in the family as well as in the society Although in many aspects the two protagonists of the plays Linda and Nora respectively appear to have things in common at the same time they are very different since Nora seems to be more modern and liberal than Linda which is ironic given the fact that Ibsen wrote his play seventy years earlier than Miller The representation of the two women in these two plays is what will be discussed in this paper In Death of a Salesman Linda embodies the role of the traditional American woman which was to take care of her husband her children and the house regardless of her personal aspirations and dreams The woman is expected to stay at home and engage in everyday house works like cooking cleaning and sewing while the man as the head of the family is expected to find a well-respected job position because it was the mans duty to provide for the entire family So Linda has given up on everything she hoped for in her life she sacrificed herself just to be with her husband and her two sons even though her husband doesnt seem to be treating her very well Willy disregards every word Linda attempts to interject in family conversations by interrupting her and accusing her of interrupting him He shouts at her he doesnt let her speak and when she does he speaks to her badly A distinct example is the passage towards the end of Act I in which Linda attempts in vain to speak her mind Linda Maybe things are beginning to- Willy Stop interrupting 1907
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