Observing the American Dream Through the Great Gatsby and The Death of a Salesman

| February 14, 2016

Observing the American Dream Through the Great Gatsby and The Death of a Salesman
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This paper should examine the American Dream through the lens of Willy Loman, the central character of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and also through secondary character Myrtle Wilson in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Both are connected through their untimely deaths due to automobiles at high speeds, and are low-status citizens economically. Neither are able to– in their lifetimes–reach a status of wealth, however hard they strive to climb the social ladder. It would also be interesting to examine the time period of each of the pieces and pull source material to exemplify how the American Dream changes as time progresses. I would also love to incorporate the motif of death via automobile. Were Miller and Fitzgerald comparing the speed of a car the speed of America as a country, and were they warning of these high speeds? Pull source material about cars, speed, and the American Dream.

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