One negative influence in Willy’s life is the inability of his friends to confront him about his problems. It is Willy’s wife that causes him the most harm. In her vain attempt to protect Willy, she actually allows his eventual death. The first sign of her negligence comes in one of Willy’s flashbacks. Willy brags, “I did five hundred gross in Providence and seven hundred gross in Boston”(35). But as Linda begins calculating his commission, the value rapidly diminishes to “roughly two hundred gross on the whole trip”(35). Linda sees what is going on but does not confront him. A very similar situation occurs later in their life when she finds out that Willy is no longer on salary, but borrows money every week from Charley. Again she will not confront him. By not confronting Willy in either of these instances, Linda allows him to sink further into his false reality. But Linda makes an even worse mistake that allows for Willy’s suicide. She acknowledges his suicidal tendencies when she says, “He’s been trying to kill himself”(58). She tells the boys that she has found the rubber hose in the basement, but she still will not confront Willy. Another character who is unable to be straight with Willy is Willy’s boss Howard Wagner. Howard allows Willy to keep his job, but does not pay him. If he had just fired him right out it would of forced Willy to find a new job. By stringing him along, Howard allows Willy to maintain his fantasy world unchallenged. These are examples of the most negative influences in Willy’s life simply because they have the ability to help but choose not to.