Linda The Classic Enabler In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Linda the Classic Enabler Linda is the classic enabler who indirectly causes the dysfunction in the Loman household. Willy calls her his “foundation and support” and her son Happy thinks she is a fantastic woman. No matter what Willy does Linda is right by his side picking him up or supporting him. Linda is an enabler to her husband’s mistakes she never blames him for anything. To her, it’s always someone else’s fault and never Willy’s. In the book Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Linda is shown to be an enabler. Linda no matter what listens to Willy: Willy: “What’s that?” Linda: “Just mending my stockings. They’re so expensive-“ Willy: “I won’t have you mending stockings in this house! Now throw them out!” *Linda puts the stocking…show more content…
Willy’s sons are mirrors of him and he seems to no care and not try to change his actions. On the website “Meet the Lomas blogstop” it states “She lets her weak husband weave fantasy dreams that have no basis in reality”. Linda is okay with Willy thinking some things will happen but are never really going to happen. “She is sucked into Willy’s delusional world” thinking nothing about what could happen to Willy if his attempted suicides did succeed Linda only thinks about not making him upset. With her she doesn’t want to be on his bad side for trying to help him Willy is always right in her eyes. Linda has a fear of the…show more content…
Being an enabler means making something possible which is shown throughout the play by Linda. Linda makes it possible for Willy to do what he can and when he can’t do anymore she makes sure to tell him that he’s fine and doesn’t need to do more than he already does. Linda’s main priority is to make Willy happy and have a non-stressful life. Linda is so concerned when Willy is in weird and different behaviors and acts delusional and she always takes action. Linda talks to Willy and asks him to speak with his boss and talk to him about traveling to New York City rather than traveling to New England after he got taken off salary and practically lost his job. While Linda looks out for Willy; she even picks on Biff and Happy. Biff and Happy think Willy doesn’t care about either of them. Mrs. Loman says that Biff should start caring more about his father and that Happy should to. She cuts her sons no slack: Happy: “But I gave you money last…” Linda: “Christmas time, fifty dollars! To fix the hot water it cost ninety seven fifty! For five weeks he has been on straight commission, like a beginner, and unknown!” (Miller

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