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Loving a person too much can often be deceiving Failing to act upon the truth in order to protect an individuals pride and emotions can bring about destruction for the American Dream Lois Gordons quote about Linda is a good example of the disillusionment that many people experience when loving someone too much when he says Linda as the eternal wife and mother the fixed point of affection both given and received is in many ways the earth mother who embodies the plays ultimate moral value--love But in the beautiful ironic complexity of her creation she is also Willys destroyer In Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Linda continually suffers from Willys frustrations Even so she manages to be the loving woman who attempts to keep her family happy However by covering up failures and protecting pride Linda ironically ends up being the cause of Willys destruction Throughout the play Linda suffers a great deal of stress from Willys feelings of disappointment Willys impractical dreams have turned into a lifetime of frustrations Disappointed and worried Willy sometimes treats Linda cruelly or insensitively but she understands the pain and fear behind his behavior and forgives him in those moments Willy is rude to Linda when he says page 65 Will you let me talk Dont take his side all the time goddammit When Biff responds to Willys discourteousness by furiously yelling at him Linda sympathetically says page 65Whatd you have to start that for You see how sweet he was as soon as you talked hopefully Come up and say good night to him Dont let him go to bed that way Even though Willy treats Linda sternly she cares for him so much that she forgives and excuses his actions Miller tells us she more than loves him she admires him A man with as delicate a sense of self-worth as Willy cannot tolerate his wifes discordance with him so Linda has adjusted
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