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The American Dream is a theme that many books attempt to touch on yet few are truly able to examine or explain it Both Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman and F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby are prime examples of these types of talented stories The American Dream is unique for everyone but the main concept of it includes a successful job lots of money and many friends The main character of the play is a salesman named Willy One of Willys problems is that he cannot differentiate reality from illusion just as Gatsby had in Fitzgeralds novel Willys American Dream was of the salesman with the green slippers This symbol can be paralleled to the green light at the end of Daisys dock in the Great Gatsby an unattainable goal Willy is a salesman who travels throughout New England and works on commission He believes that wherever he goes people will know him but this is not the case He is a horrible salesman and because of this his unrealistic dream of owning green slippers is labeled unattainable He like Gatsby is unable to see the real truth that he cannot reach his goal no matter how hard he tries In this respect he is a flawed character and because of this his story must end tragically Though the title tells the reader of Willys death it does not describe all the hardships and the long journey of Willys demise In Gatsbys case he obtained his green slippers but he did not receive the happiness acquainted with those slippers Gatsby found his American Dream through both wealth and power To gain the happiness he believed he would experience once he fulfilled his idea of the American Dream he had to reach into the past and relive a former love situation In his eyes he had to have both wealth and power to do so Part of the tragedy of Gatsby
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