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Benito Diflavio Mrs. Mellen ENG3u Friday, March 5, 2021 “A Ridiculous Lie”: The Life of Willy Loman "Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be" - John Wooden. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, we see clearly that Willy’s failure is his fault. A major factor affecting his failure is his failed relationship with his family and friends. He had a failed relationship with many of the characters in the stage play including his wife Linda. Linda, who has always been there for Willy and believed in her husband's dreams and hopes to become successful, was failed by Willy when he engaged in an affair with another woman. After this instance, their relationship was never the same. Another character that Willy failed in the play was Biff. Willy always had high hopes for Biff but Willy’s refusal to live in reality, caused Willy to ruin Biff’s life. Plus, the relationship with his second son Happy is also ruined. Willy pays little to no attention to Happy. Causing their relationship to grow more and more distant as time passes. There is also Charley who is Willy Loman's neighbour and only friend in Arthur
Miller's Death of a Salesman. But even with Charley offering Willy a job, Willy will not take it. All these characters have been failed by Willy Loman, and it is his fault. One of the characters that Willy had a failing relationship with within the play was Linda. Though Willy and Linda are husband and wife, it seems that sometimes their relationship gets out of hand. During the play, Willy is always seen as higher than Linda, and Willy rarely respect’s Linda, especially when they are all at the dinner table talking. Every time Linda tries to say something, Willy interrupts her like she does not exist: LINDA. Maybe things are beginning to… WILLY. (wildly enthused, to Linda). Stop interrupting! ...... ...... LINDA. He loved you! WILLY. (to Linda). Will you stop! ...... ......
LINDA. Oliver always thought the highest of him… WILLY. Will you let me talk? ....... (Miller 47) No matter how badly Willy’s behaviour is to his wife Linda, she will always be by his side. Willy does not even let her speak during this conversation she is the one with the lower position in the family. This behaviour towards his wife ruins his connection with her and the whole family. Even though Linda will forever love Willy, she is treated terribly and treated with a lack of respect by her husband. Plus, no matter how badly Willy treats Linda, she will always be kind and always be caring towards Willy and his feelings. On the other hand, Willy does not show any emotion for his wife, does not care for her, and only seems to yell at her: LINDA. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must be finally paid to such a person ....... " (Miller 40) Happy and Biff talk badly about their father, but Linda is always there to stand up for him. She thinks that her only responsibility as a wife was to comfort and encourage him and tries very hard not to offend him in any way. Willy does not do the same for Linda. He barely pays attention to her, and she is only seen as
a kitchen wife. Plus, she is seen a lot lower than Willy in the household and the family. To add to that,

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