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There are times in life when a person may prove himself to be supportive by providing assistance andor encouragement to another individual but still yet other instances when this person provides genuine affections and concerns but fails to express and act upon them Although one may feel strongly for the other one abides by acts of non-interference and generally plays the role of a watcher Thus in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller it becomes clear that while it can be documented that Linda Loman is a supportive wife it can also be proved that she is neither a supportive wife nor a supportive mother Throughout the course of the play Linda is portrayed as a supportive wife toward her husband Willy Since the beginning of the Loman familys portrayed lives Linda nearly always supports him unconditionally This includes protecting him from any emotional harm that the real world could cause him For example on page 37 when Willy tells Linda that F H Stewarts and a salesman he knew murmured something about walrus that had some relation to him Linda comforted him by saying things like Willy darling youre the handsomest man in the world She thus furnishes the necessary backing towards her husband Willy Loman Although Linda Loman is assigned the character of Willy Lomans wife she remains neither a supportive wife nor a supportive mother throughout the course of the play Although she has a great deal of affection for her husband and children the passive approach she chooses to give to her sons and to Willys unbalanced and deteriorating mental condition does not provide them with the tough love they need to flourish and achieve their goals This is stated quite well in the stage directions on page 12 She more than loves him she admires him as though his mercurial nature his temper his massive dreams and little cruelties served her only as sharp reminders of
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