Feminist Criticism of Death of a Salesman

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, relates greatly to many examples of feminism within society today. Many of the ideas represented amongst the feminism community today which we believe are immoral, may have been simply accepted in the late 1950s, when the film was based. At this point in time the typical woman was viewed as submissive, and only necessary in the jobs around the house. Linda is usually seen only around the house. Her main positions are the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. Linda lives with her husband Willy. Happy, their son lives at their house also, while Biff came back home to visit. Linda was focused in becoming the best "housewife" she could be. She took accountability and care for her family and was concerned both with how their family managed themselves as well as how they appeared to their neighbors and other peers. As the view of a successful household was changing, the woman's role became that of submission to the men around her. Linda was always working hard to keep the men around her happy and living in comfort. This trait was often seen with the women of this time. Biff and Willy often find it very challenging to get along, and most of the time we see Linda trying to resolve their differences. Although while Linda is only trying to do good amongst her family by nurturing them with her advice, they usually do not take on board what she has said, and rather just ignore her completely. A feminist could argue that to Biff and Willy, they think that they’re putting her ‘in her place’. A place where perhaps her opinion does not matter. Linda occasionally argues her point across until she is yelling at members of the family and this may be because she is frustrated because she is never heard when she tries to give her opinion. Although Willy has an affair with a woman, even in the midst of trying to convince herself that Willy's

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