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A Comparison between the Theme of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
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Settlement in North America has been filled with arrogance and a certain self-satisfaction since its beginning Religious dissenters original colonist believed they were creating a new Jerusalem in the woods The United States Constitution claims to be based on self evident truths Americans believed that it was their Manifest Destiny to take up the entire continent Americans religious fervor matched with its greediness to expand explains American arrogance and worship of material wealth The American Dream is nothing more than the claim that any individual can become fabulously wealthy and that fabulous wealth in turn produces great happiness Immorality is embedded is these assumptions How a person accumulates the frills of the American Dream seems to be less important than that person has The restless pursuit of wealth and the popularity of the American Dream are key themes in American literature They are present in F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby and Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman In the case of Death of a Salesman the preeminence of the American Dream is immediately stated in the title The tragic hero who is Wille Loman in Death of a Salesman watches his life collapse around him His past present and family all fall apart as he is driven to suicide However the play is not about the death of a father or a husband it is the Death of a Salesman Willie Loman is a salesman essentially it is profession and his possessions that define him not his humanity Situations like this are seen as the darks side of the American Dream The American Dream is also a dominant theme in F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald presents his perspective more complicated than does Miller Ultimately The Great Gatsby is about illusion and reality Sometimes the reader gets multiple and confusing meanings Tom Buchanan is an Ivy League man with great wealth His wealth is inherited andor legitimately earned Tom is a perfect
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