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How effective is the first scene in Act Two in furthering our understanding and developing our knowledge of the relationship between Willy and Linda?

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Introduction

How effective is the first scene in Act Two in furthering our understanding and developing our knowledge of the relationship between Willy and Linda? Linda Loman is Willy's long-suffering "at the age of sixty three", devoted "You can't just come to see me, because I love him" wife. She desperately loves her husband but resents the fact that his sons don't love and respect their father as much as she thinks they should, "he's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like and old dog". She speaks carefully "a lot of people think he's lost his -balance" and she has a quiet manner. ...read more.

Middle

Willy has flashbacks and fantasies, which take up a large amount of the play and inform the audience about his past, the histories of other characters in the play, how Willy has become what he is now and also Willy's ideal self. In scenes that are set in the present Willy seems highly emotional, unstable and seems to be worn down by life however in his flashbacks he seems more loving, capable, cheerful, light-hearted and self-assured. Willy lives in a world of false hopes and illusions, the firm he works for doesn't pay him a salary and working on straight commission, Willy cannot bring home enough money to pay the bills. ...read more.

Conclusion

Willy feels like the one on control, you can tell this because he keeps interrupting Linda even though her points are, in my opinion, more valid than his. "Motor job on the car..." "That goddamn sucker". "But Willy - " "Whoever heard of a Hastings refrigerator?" Willy says "Id like to buy some seeds" and I think that this represents, to Willy, an opportunity to prove himself good at something. His is desperate, and hardly able to put food on the table for his family and he will have nothing to leave for his children when he dies. Wily has worked hard but he wont be able to leave his offspring anything, which is what his father did to him. ...read more.

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