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In his memoir Night Elie Wiesel recounts the horror of witnessing his own father physically disintegrate after they together have endured so many months of suffering in Nazi death camps During the last days of his fathers life in a death camp Elie desperately tries to comfort his father by telling him that this was not the end that we would go back to the house together 102 Elie tells his father that little white lie just as Willy Lomans wife Linda indirectly does in the Death of a Salesman and just as Catherines husband David indirectly does in The Garden of Eden In a modest way Linda lies to Willy by saying soothing words to him words that he wants to hear and by never confronting him about his continuing denial of reality Likewise David lies to Catherine at the beginning of their marriage by going along with her wishes rather than giving honest straightforward answers David thus enables Catherine to believe that nothing is wrong that she is indeed stable Neither Linda nor David lies spitefully or intentionally however because of their tolerating silence they enable their spouses to come closer and closer to their collapse and ruin Although Linda consistently exhibits her care love and loyalty for Willy she hinders Willy from being true to himself She becomes for him more of a mother than a wife to Willy Just rest Should I sing to you 67 But to make matters worse she becomes a weak spoiling mother Hes the dearest man in the world to me and I wont have anyone making him feel unwanted and low and blue 55 And so Linda becomes an enabler Because of her inability or unwillingness to say No to her child she allows her husband to physically and mentally disintegrate Every day I go down and take away that little rubber pipe But when he comes home I put it back where
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