What’s terrific about this play is provides us insight into the past and focuses on an average family and offers great deals of material to do a feminist analysis of. The most prominent female figure in this play is Linda, however the male characters in this play likewise offer us insight into women’s roles and help feed the feminist analyses To get us began, how do the functions and identities of ladies in this play compare to that of the male figures?
Neutrality of females
Biff and Pleased
-“Take those two we had this evening, now weren’t they gorgeous creatures?” -“it gets like bowling, I simply keep knockin’ them over and it doesn’t suggest anything” -“a lady, y’ understand, they always think what you tell ’em” (27) -Biff was viewed as successful in Willy’s eyes when he made the ladies swoon in high school -Could this be affected by Willy and their upbringing or are they just a product of their time? -They see women as achievements: When Biff and Delighted are talking Pleased states how he’s not delighted presently since he desires “his own apartment or condo, a cars and truck, and plenty of women” (23 )
Ladies Don’t Have Identities
-“The Woman” that Willy has an affair with does not have a name, she’s constantly laughing and actually sexual.
He slaps her butt advertisement she laughs and thanks him for the stockings.
She picked him since he was “sweet” and “such a kidder”. She says “I’ll put you right through to the purchasers?” SLEEZE. -They see their mom as the epitome of what a woman should be– The only interaction Linda has with other lady is calling them sluts, after Biff and Pleased leave Willy at the restaurant and she’s mad states “did you need to go to ladies tonight? You and your poor rotten sluts!”
What do you men think about the character development of Linda throughout the play? Do you think she is an example of a strong or weak woman? She knows that Willy is suicidal, attempts to protect him from other people, and does not lose her mood with him when he acts badly towards her -We never ever understand more about Linda aside from that she does the laundry, looks after her young boys, and knows the financial resources -In the beginning I discovered it irritating how all she did was remove his shoes, put on his jacket, excited to please him. Just portrayed as a spouse and mother, less dimensional than the other characters. -Does this eliminate from her character development?
-Her goals are determined by Willy’s accomplishments
-Linda is desexualized
Treatment of Linda/Relationship with Willy
-Willy is commanding to her “swiss cheese”
“You’re my foundation and my assistance Linda”
-Willy does not let Linda talk “don’t interrupt” (62, 64-65) READ -Biff protects her from Willy but she safeguards Willy, then Biff says “Do not go making excuses for him, he cleaned the floor with you. He never ever had an ounce of respect for you (54-55) -Biff and Delighted objectify ladies (20 + 21) Also, “gorgeous animals”, ‘it’s like bowling” (23-24) -Linda states” I’m not your maid anymore”
-Explained by Pleased as having “character and resistance” which is a quality he wants in a female, unlike the ones he’s been with -Whenever Willy is distressed about something she simply sugarcoats his flaws and compliments him (37) do you believe we just know something she doesn’t, or is there other motivation for her to do this?) -Seems like the first time she ever voiced her genuine opinion (57) about how Pleased and Biff are unthankful towards Willy -What is the purpose of her character? So that women of the forties might feel sorry for her scenario more
Seen as negative or positive? Doesn’t lead to happiness.
Happy and Biff “raise cattle, use our muscles, men constructed like us must be working out outdoors (24) Uncle Ben
Willy always refers to how their looks make them well liked “guys built like us need to be working a farm” “a guy who can’t handle tools is not a male. You’re revolting” (44) to Charley “thank God you’re built like Adonises” God of appeal and desire
MORE SUBTLE EXAMPLES I NOTICED
When Howard’s better half goes to talk with the recording gadget she has absolutely nothing to provide, as opposed to his kid and child who would not stop talking his child whistles, his kid names the capitals of states, his wife says “I can’t think of anything … hi? Oh Howard, I can’t talk into this …” (78) She could have just been shy, she doesn’t have a name, she is known as his wife
Connect Howard’s partner’s role to Linda’s role? This is our opportunity to see a household woman other than Linda, do you believe this serves a function, not matter how subtle it may be? Linda is material without adventure, she didn’t desire Ben to motivate Willy to go to Alaska (95) Linda is overshadowed by her boys who go out and pursue things.
Arthur Millar shows us the restraints of sexuality also individuality in this play. Much Like Willy Loman has a hard time to discover his location socially and has a hard time economically, Linda is limited by her gender.