There's a surprising amount of talk about loyalty in Freedom. Most of this talk centers on being loyal to loved ones, and puts loyalty on a pedestal as one of the highest virtues. Walter's mother Dorothy, in particular – whom Joey describes as being "one-hundred-percent" (3.2.164) – is very big on loyalty. But while Dorothy managed to remain loyal to a lousy husband, the next two generations of Berglunds have considerably more difficulty. Joey, in particular, struggles all the time (it seems) with loyalty to Connie, even as Connie remains completely and utterly committed to the guy.