In 1949, the pinnacle of contemporary American playwright, Arthur Miller, published his works “Death of a Salesman”. After the advent of this play, not only caused a sensation in the theaters in the United States, but also became the Western model of modern tragedy as one of the most important drama after America's World War II. Miller was twice won the “New York Drama Critics Award” and also awarded the “Pulitzer Prize.”[
See “Death of Salesman” introduction of Arthur Miller.] In“Death of a Salesman,” Miller used a short period of time of main character’s life to reflect his whole tragedy life. He borrowed some expressionist approach, broke the imagination and reality, past and present boundaries, and reflected the broad social life through these characters’ mental activity. For many years, those comments about the play mostly stay in the story’s twists and turns, the tragic fate of the male characters, the cold reality of society, especially the hard-working of the Willy's "American dream" had shattered. However, the image of the female character, Willy’s wife-- Linda, failed to do a more in-depth research. Even with about Linda's research, mostly viewer were held the attitude of perspective of feminism to blame Linda’s fault instead of sympathy for her. In this paper, it is going to start with female trauma perspective, with the "American Dream" as the background, to do the interpretation of the tragic fate of the female character Linda in the play to show why she is the most tragedy character than Willy.
From the cultural identity of the female character Linda in “Death of a Salesman,” we will see how the dramatist Arthur Miller successfully puts the Linda under the context of the patriarchal society, introduces Linda’s...
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...pursue their American Dreams, what she can do is to support them and comfort them. She just wants to keep whole family together. However, after Willy died, the family split. Death of a Salesman is not only Willy’s personal tragedy, family tragedy, and a social tragedy, but the real tragedy of Linda. As Robert said,
“The tragedy inherent in Death of Salesman is no longer only an American tragedy. It is part of the universal tragedy of love, grief, despair, and betrayal that today characterizes life in most countries of the world.(11)”
The tragedy of love, grief, despair, and betrayal created this significant play. As you can see from this paper, read the play with female trauma perspective, with the "American Dream" as the background, we realized the tragic fate of the female character Linda in the play is the most tragedy character than male character Willy.