Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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The American Dream is a philosophy, that “freedom and independence includes the opportunity for success”(1) and prosperity through hard work. Both in Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman and F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is a strong theme throughout, as ultimately the protagonists in the novel and play fail to achieve their dream. As a result, the reader is forced to consider whether the American Dream is an unattainable concept or if it is due to personal interpretation. The Great Gatsby written in 1925 and Death of a Salesman 1949, gives a slightly different perspective being post WW1 and WW2 due to the state of America changing. The gender roles of men and women altered over this period as the war forced a change in responsibilities. The play Death of a Salesman was well received and has since been revived many times on Broadway. Whereas when published, The Great Gatsby had varied views and did not sell well, it was later after the Second World War that the novel received widespread appreciation. In both texts the main characters are convinced that achievement of the American Dream is their only way to be happy. The American Dream evolved to be a concept of gaining fortune and happiness through hard work and prosperity. Fitzgerald extinguishes this idea as Gatsby is not fulfilled even with his magnitude of money. Whereas Willy seeks the wealth Gatsby has, fundamentally each are striving for what the other has.

Ambition is a major theme…
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