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COMPARISONS BETWEEN DEATH OF A SALESMAN & THE GREAT GATSBY

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Transcript of COMPARISONS BETWEEN DEATH OF A SALESMAN & THE GREAT GATSBY

COMPARISONS BETWEEN Themes of Death The "American Dream" Characters No one comes to Willy’s funeral, because he wasn’t really as well known as he made his family believe. Linda: “But where are all the people he knew? Maybe they blame him…”(Miller 137). Willy Loman believed he was a very “well-liked” salesman. When he in fact was nothing close. He always made it sound like he knew many people. Not many people attend Jay’s funeral either. “The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half and hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came” (Fitzgerald 165). Also in a sense wanted to be “well-liked”. He wanted to be a big-shot in society. He had the social status of the wealthy, but had very few if any close friends. He like Willy manages to isolate himself in general from people. 1920 1930 1918 1933 Willy commits suicide. Linda admits to her sons that she know Willy has been trying to commit suicide by crashing the car over the last year. Linda: “The insurance inspector came. He said that they have evidence. That all these accidents in the last year- weren’t – weren’t – accidents" (Miller 58)
Willy believes that he is worth more dead than alive, so he is reputedly trying to commit suicide. Knowing that his family will receive insurance. Jay Gatsby does not commit suicide, he instead was murdered. Nick: “I was after we started with Gatsby toward the house hat the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass; and the holocaust was complete.” Jay Gatsby was killed by Mr. Wilson seeking revenge for his wife’s death. Willy was always dreaming of wealth. He instead should have been looking for happiness Biff: “He had all the wrong dreams. All, all wrong”(Miller 138)
Biff seems to realize that his father’s idea to accumulate wealth was pointless, and he should have been looking for happiness instead. Jay has also been looking for happiness in his life, in the form of a lost love. Nick : “ but there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room”( Fitzgerald 86)
One Gatsby has meat Daisy at Nick’s house, for the first time in 5 years; he is a whole new person. As Nick States he seems to “glow” as a new person. 1929 Jay has part of the “American Dream”, he has wealth. Nick Narrates: “At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough coloured lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden” (Fitzgerald 41) It is quite obvious that Jay has plenty of money, if he could afford to have these massive parties every couple of weeks or so. Jay has too much money. Not knowing what to do, he throws these lavish parties. Willy Loman doesn’t even have the comfort of wealth, to comfort his unhappiness. Linda: “… When he has to go to Charley and borrow 50 dollars a week and pretend to me that its his pay?...” (Miller 57) Linda is well aware that Willy is borrowing money, but does not want to confront him about it. She does not want to him about it. Willy has a mistress The Woman: “…You kill me. And thanks for the stockings. I love a lot of stockings…” (Miller 39).
Trying to shower her affection with material items, he seems to be buying this woman a lot of stockings. Tom Buchanan also has a mistress Nick: “So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York – or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car” (Fitzgerald 29)
Tom’s mistress is a married woman. Her husband does not know about Tom. Willy has remorse about cheating on his wife. Willy: “I won’t have you mending stocking in this house! Now throw them out!”(Miller 39)
Willy has been giving his mistress stockings and when he observes Linda mending her old pairs he feels guilty about not being able to provide for her. He is mad at himself for not being able to provide his wife, something as simple as a pair of stockings. Tom does not feel guilty for cheating on his wife. Nick: “They weren’t happy, and neither of them had touched their ale – and yet they weren’t unhappy either. There was an unmistakeable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together” (Fitzgerald 138).
After the whole affair of Tom confronting Jay about his affair with Daisy, and Tom’s mistress being killed. Tom & Daisy mange to continue on with their lives like nothing has happened. THE END
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