Theme Of Self Deception In Death Of Loman

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The Cost of Blind Self-deception The Loman’s frequently use self-deception to mentally escape the reality of their lives. Self-deception is the process of denying or rationalizing away the relevance, significance, or importance of opposing evidence. This means the family denies the truth they really live in. Soon enough the oldest son Biff is the only Loman to become self-aware of the toxic reality the family made. Willy is the head of the household. For the most part everyone looks up to him. Because of him the family lives in the self-deception that they do. His two sons were taught “it’s about whom you know, not what you do”. This shows them to never really work hard, just like Willy did his whole life. He tells them popularity is everything.…show more content…
This means she is a person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behavior in another. The whole play Willy is immersed in self-deception including suicidal thoughts. Linda knows about these thoughts and even attempts of suicide but instead of helping she brushes it all off. Edward W. Younkins also wrote in his article Arthur Miller’s death of a salesman; A case of self-delusion “Linda feeds into his delusion by reassuring him.” Instead of giving Willy the help he needs she gives him excuse after excuse for him. In Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” Linda says “Maybe it’s your glasses. You never went for your new glasses.” It is clear that Willy is so distraught and needs help, but instead Linda can’t admit the truth and always hides from it. Linda continues to go along with his thoughts instead of saying or helping her husband while Willy is struggling with his own mind. While Willy thinks he is slick with his finances Linda knows about all the money, even about Willy borrowing money from Charlie. Linda believes it is better for her to go along with it then say something to her husband. Knowing this Linda still thinks the family will make it money wise. The couple uses self-deception thinking this is all
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