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In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Linda Lomans character is viewed differently by many people Some critics have seen Linda as a controlling mother figure who is actually the one to blame for this failure of both her sons and her husband In this report I will defend this view citing specific examples from the play Linda was undoubtedly the only one in control throughout the play I believe that Linda tried to be a good mother and wife but she did not really know what she was doing At the very beginning of the book we see that Willy on his way to Boston has come home because he was unable to concentrate on the road And just as he was beginning to figure out why she took his mind off the subject by suggesting that the problem was with the cars steering and not with him Oh Maybe its the steering again I dont think Angelo knows the Studebaker And again Maybe its your glasses You never went for your new glasses By repeatedly doing this throughout the play Linda keeps Willy from facing the truth about himself Also Linda gives Willy undeserved compliments agreeing with him on his looks and ambition meanwhile he has no true ambition This causes Willy to build himself up into a great man Another example of this is when Willy goes to see Howard Wagner about getting a job at home or at least close to home While we realize how unlikely it is that Willy will get his wish Willy does not realize this and Linda who I believe is smart enough to realize it supports Willy in excitement Willy isnt the only one that Linda has affected There is also Biff and Happy Willy had taught Biff and Happy that if you were handsome opportunity would come to you Now
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