Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman And F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Throughout the years numbers of both many plays and novels have dealt with the theme of searching for the self invented standard of the American Dream. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby share one fact, in addition to being acclaimed literary works: they examine the collapse of the American Dream. While Miller’s work scrutinizes it by showing what becomes of those who fall short, Fitzgerald probes into a scenario where his character accomplishes it, yet fails to reach his true desire. The two literary works mirror explorations of the American Dream and how society views it. The use of the main characters reflected the theme of the American Dream in both pieces of literature. Although they lived very different lives, Willy Loman and Jay Gatsby had similar downfalls with being caught up in the illusion of the American Dream. Both of these characters believed that their dream was an attainable goal which led to their eventual downfalls. Fitzgerald suggests that the American dream is illusory. It makes men do extraordinary and unethical things, such as the source of Gatsby 's wealth and his reinvention of himself, but however much they chase the green light, it is forever out of reach. Gatsby had already achieved the American Dream, which was money and success, but lacked his true dream, which was Daisy. He wanted to have Daisy back so bad that he couldn’t comprehend the notion that she was once in love with her husband Tom. To him…

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