Benito DiflavioMrs. MellenENG3uFriday, 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 aSalesman by Arthur Miller, we see clearly that Willy’s failure is his fault. A major factor affecting hisfailure is his failed relationship with his family and friends. He had a failed relationship with many of thecharacters in the stage play including his wife Linda. Linda, who has always been there for Willy andbelieved in her husband's dreams and hopes to become successful, was failed by Willy when he engagedin an affair with another woman. After this instance, their relationship was never the same. Anothercharacter that Willy failed in the play was Biff. Willy always had high hopes for Biff but Willy’s refusal tolive in reality, caused Willy to ruin Biff’s life. Plus, the relationship with his second son Happy is alsoruined. Willy pays little to no attention to Happy. Causing their relationship to grow more and moredistant 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 thesecharacters 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. ThoughWilly 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, especiallywhen they are all at the dinner table talking. Every time Linda tries to say something, Willy interrupts herlike 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 noteven let her speak during this conversation she is the one with the lower position in the family. Thisbehaviour towards his wife ruins his connection with her and the whole family. Even though Linda willforever love Willy, she is treated terribly and treated with a lack of respect by her husband. Plus, nomatter how badly Willy treats Linda, she will always be kind and always be caring towards Willy and hisfeelings. On the other hand, Willy does not show any emotion for his wife, does not care for her, andonly seems to yell at her:LINDA. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must bepaid. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must befinally 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 thather only responsibility as a wife was to comfort and encourage him and tries very hard not to offend himin 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,