The Great Gatsby And Death Of A Salesman Essay

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Comparing chapter one (act one) of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ Both ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ explore the idea of the American dream. Also, they both show the difference between society’s living standards and the classes; old money and new money are significant with this. Fitzgerald strongly emphasizes that Nick Carraway is infatuated with Jay Gatsby and his wealth. He describes Gatsby as being “some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life” connoting that he is living the life of the ideal American dream. This differentiates from the characters Linda and Willy in ‘Death of a Salesman” where they are living in a “small, fragile-seeming home” and the in detail yet minimal use of furniture. Perhaps because it is a stage and not everything can be described as explicitly as a novel but nonetheless, the overall mood shows the lack of money keeping them happy. Here you can see the happiness of having money to spend in comparison of having no money at all. Both Miller and Fitzgerald show their life in a chapter almost to do with wealth. Fitzgerald had a very wealthy lifestyle compared to most Americans and Miller was the…show more content…
Miller shows the duller side of the American dream and what that revolves around whereas Fitzgerald begins with a very grand opening with a lot of class and money surrounding the characters, although like Willy Loman, their lives are very confused. The use of ‘Death of a Salesman’ being a play, it shows the emotions and facial expressions which would be greater to see in ‘The Great Gatsby’ as Daisy is putting on an act like Linda is but with Linda it is very clear. We only know Daisy is in discomfort from the view point of Nick Carraway and his writing in the past. He knows what happened between herself and Gatsby so his outlook on how she addressed the situation of Tom getting a call could be
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