We live in an age where women have earned complete independence. We have equal rights, equal pay and the right to get divorced. All this should allow us to infer that as women, we are completely independent from men. However, despite the progress we have made, we are still dependent on men. Despite the progress women have made to achieve equal rights, our dependency on the opposite sex has not improved over the years.
In the mid 20th century, the depression caused women to become severely dependent on their significant others. Most women could not sustain themselves financially because of the lack of jobs and opportunities. They relied on their often jobless husbands to support them and their family.
In death of a salesman, written after the depression, Linda, the main female character relies solely on her husband financially and emotionally. Willy, her husband, behaves very irrationally, and abuses Linda. However, Linda is completely dependent on Willy and would never leave him. Arthur Miller describes Linda's loyalty to Willy by writing, " She has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to Willy's behaviour- she more than loves, she admires him". Linda develops a way to suppress her feelings towards Willy. She loves him dearly and admires him greatly. Linda is so financially dependent on Willy that she is unable to pay for anything she needs. She has no job, no savings, and has no interest in trying to find work. Miller describes Linda's actions taken to support herself,he writes," Just mending my stockings. They're so expensive". Willy is unable to provide financially for Linda and she is left mending socks.
Although it may seem like as women we have become less dependent on our significant others, in reality we are just as dependent now as we were in the past. If you thik about the most successful women whether they are doctors, lawyers, etc still depend on men. Even though they have more than enough money to support themselves they still...