Men and Their Music in Death of a Salesman by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Nevertheless, Arthur Miller in his play "Death of a Salesman" and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel The Great Gatsby. Music is a very useful method of communicating in prose because it can give off a sensation to the reader that mere text or dialogue cannot. Although the authors use drastically different types of music, one using popular music and the other using solo instrumental music, both authors are very effective. The authors use music ironically in order to undermine the classical masculinity of their characters.
Both Willy and Gatsby are originally portrayed as prime examples of traditional masculinity. Wilily is described as a well-respected and successful traveling salesman. Similarly, Gatsby is a military man with an Oxford education. Both men are described as classical epitomes of masculinity: self-reliant, financially successful men who lead a life that others aspire to. Write a paragraph setting up both Willy and Gatsby as traditionally masculine. The flute is a constant feminine motif in the play Death of a Salesman. The flute is often considered a feminine instrument because it usually plays the highest parts in orchestral music and is often reserved to fanciful or feminine features. Miller starts his play with a mournful and solemn musical introduction from solo flute. The play also ends with a similar flute melody. Both of these musical fragments comment on the circumstances of Willy's…
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