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Death of a Salesman: The Woman and the Pain of Adultery

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The Woman and the Pain of Adultery Media Component: Introductory Video THESIS What Is Adultery? Merriam-Webster describes it as "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband Contains coarse language. Adultery presents the theme of betrayal, shows a hidden side of Willy Loman, and causes the failure of Biff Loman in the play. The Theme of Betrayal The Symbolism of the Stockings Betrayal Portrayed In the Play The Woman, who was Willy's lover when Biff and Happy were younger, displays the main outlook of betrayal through adultery. Fred Ribkoff states: "... 'The Woman' appears 'behind a scrim' as his feelings of guilt for betraying his wife surface in his words to her. Just prior to 'The Woman's' first spoken word and interruption, Willy attempts to make sense of his betrayal without mentioning it: Willy, with great feeling:
You're the best there is, Linda, you're a pal, you know that? On the road - on the road I want to grab you sometimes and just kiss the life outa you. The laughter is loud now... The Woman has come from behind from the scrim and is standing... looking into a "mirror" and laughing. ... Cause I get so lonely - especially when business is bad and there's nobody to talk to. ... " (Ribkoff 185-186; Miller 38) WILLY, noticing her mending: What's that?
LINDA: Just mending my stockings. They're so expensive--
WILLY, angrily, taking them from her: I won't have you
mending stockings in this house! Now throw them out!
Linda puts the stockings in her pocket.
(39) The stockings symbolizes the affair Willy had with The Woman and the betrayal of Linda's love for him. Song Analysis You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled track
My odds are stacked
I'll go back to black We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to.....

I go back to us Amy Winehouse Back to Black He left no time to regret/
Kept his d--- wet/
With his same old safe bet/
Me and my head high
And my tears dry
Get on without my guy May describe a relationship based on only sex with a man who has no assurance of her love for him and does not want to take a chance to have a committed relationship with her Do you think the lyrics of Back to Black relate to Linda Loman or The Woman?
Explain. He in turn leaves her for his ex girlfriend or lover (labelled as safe), that he knows will take him back no matter what As a result, she attempts to get over him and pretend it does not bother her, though it hurts her Ribkoff states: Willy creates the facade of being a "well-liked" and successful salesman, but in reality he is the opposite. Through his affair, Miller allows the view of why Willy committed adultery to be presented. "Willy believes that he turns to another woman out of loneliness for his wife, Linda. ... He is driven by his feelings of inadequacy and failure to seek himself, outside of himself, in the eyes of others. 'The Woman' makes him feel that he is an important salesman and a powerful man. After she interrupts Willy with the words, 'I picked you," Willy immediately asks, 'pleased' 'You picked me?' (Ribkoff, 186; Miller 38) Willy "Lowman" The Failure of Biff Loman Biff in Highschool Biff's Discovery in Boston Biff in Adulthood 1 2 3 "BIFF: Because I know he’s a fake and he doesn’t like anybody around who knows!
LINDA: Why a fake? In what way? What do you mean?
BIFF: Just don’t lay it all at my feet. It’s between me and him—that’s all I have to say. (Miller, 58) May be stating that this is not the first time she has been hurt by him
While he has someone to get back together with, she is left with no one. Going 'back to black' represents are darker and depressive side (which is depicted through the funeral setting of the music video) Activity:
Cheated,Cheated On or Both In conclusion, adultery presents the theme of betrayal, shows a hidden side of Willy Loman, and causes the failure of Biff Loman in the play. 100 200 100 100 200 200 Thank You! With knowledge of the play, how does Tony and Carmilla Soprano relate with Willy and Linda Loman?
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