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December 07, 2005

Miller, "Death of a Salesman" (Act II)

Linda plays an interesting support role in this play. In the last scene before the requiem, she tries to be the mediator between BIff and Willy, but really is defending Willy. Whenever Biff says something bad about his father, she intervenes-- but when Willy says, "May you rot in hell if you leave this house!" she says nothing. She always is looking out for Willy, and so at the end of the play when she says, "We're free," it means that her supporting role is over.

I actually liked this play more than I thought I would. When Charley says, "Nobody dast blame this man. You don't understand: Willy was a salesman," it occured to me that professions really can kill. People are always talking about doing what you love, and I think that this play illustrates why.

Posted by DavidDenninger at December 7, 2005 07:51 AM


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