Due to the virtues and values propagated by the idea of the American Dream, Jay Gatsby and Wily Loan fail in their endeavors to achieve success. The definition of success is having both love and material happiness that proudly co-exist in the body of the American dream. Each, separately prove as a challenge to obtain, yet very much possible nonetheless.
In The Great Gatsby, the protagonist manages to attain material happiness with the vast amount of riches he possesses with a grand mansion and over a dozen servants to do his bidding. Even with all this, he is never rule happy and life to him is not yet complete.His fortune as it turns out is nothing but a ruse for the love of his life in which he works five years towards. “But it wasn’t a coincidence at all…
Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (Fitzgerald, 78). Scott Fitzgerald is depicting the message that love overrules materialistic views and that life is useless without someone to share it with. In Death of a Salesman, the father figure is a loving character who cares for nothing but providing for his family.
He loves his family so much that he goes mad with stress and anger that he does not have he fortune to provide for them and keep them safe of harm’s way. You’re my foundation and my support, Linda” (Miller, 18). Arthur Miller is emphasizing that love is just as important as personal fortune. Yet money is required to keep them safe and provide a life of fulfillment.
He is not capable of obtaining the means to make such a fortune and struggles to do so for the rest of his short life. Both works include the protagonists having one of the two requirements for a happy and successful life. Their hardships portray the path to gaining the missing piece to their life.Gatsby has money but no love or it to go towards any unselfish use, Wily has love in family but no money to support them in their future endeavors. They are both unable to obtain true happiness and SUCCeSS, and the authors exaggerate this message through the protagonist’s eventual deaths. Their constant, endless struggles to reaching their near impossible goals lead them to their graves.
Although love and material success are polar opposites, it is still very much possible to earn both and still be happy. Without a positive mindset or the right motivation, a goal may feel more difficult to accomplish than it seems.However, with strong ululates such as a powerful mentality which is shown by the protagonists from both works, such goals can be achieved. These characters demonstrate their determination through their continued effort in attaining the American Dream. Gatsby is seen as a hard working character throughout the novel.
His remarkable work ethics are recognized by his father. “Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he’s got about improving his mind? ” (peg. 1 73) The high achievers continuous strive is proven by the organized schedule he created as a young boy.This willpower is what brings the protagonist so close to the American Dream.
These similar characteristics are witnessed through Wily as well. The aging character demonstrates high perseverance in several situations which he encounters. With a loving wife who repeatedly gives reminders of unpaid expenses and unhelpful sons, Wily struggles to provide for his family. “LINDA: Well, you’ll just have to take a rest, Wily, you can’t continue this way. ” (peg.
13) Despite the stress he feels, the strong-minded protagonist refuses to give up and tries his best to please his family and impress his acquaintances.He is always on the move to prove others wrong and show them that he can succeed his goals. Although a few negative thoughts have crossed his mind, such as suicide, his powerful traits help him to overcome his conflicts. The protagonists in both works exemplify strong tendencies in remaining in a positive attitude during the course of achieving the American Dream.
Their inspiring personae illustrate the ideal example of excelling achievers. In the works The Great Gatsby and the Death of a Salesman, both characters cheat and deceive themselves in order to obtain material happiness.In our society, hose actions are frowned upon because it is considered to be a dishonest way to create a living. The protagonists in each story express their specific ways on how they create a lifestyle.
In Coot’s Fitzgerald novel he displays Jay Gatsby s regime -? how he has an unusual perspective towards his lifestyle. “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy. ” (Fitzgerald) Gatsby is wealthy, but he has gained this prosperity through illegal activities to create a fraudulent style of living that he cannot accept – ways that correlate to Wily Loan.In Arthur Millet’s novel, he creates the character of Wily Loan to be self-deceiving.
Wily is in denial and does not agree with the fact that he is an inadequate salesman. He wants to convince his family that he has the credentials and attributes that make him an exceptional entrepreneur. In order to keep his family content the great salesman has to lie. Miller shows how his financial situation affects Loan’s perspectives.
“Chevrolet, Linda, is the greatest car ever built. ” But he later states, “I’m not going to pay that man! That goddamn Chevrolet, they ought to prohibit the manufacture of that car! Miller) As Wily steps out of the fantasies he’s created about himself, he realizes his true financial status. Wily immediately expresses a complete change of opinion about his car. This helps to show just how flimsy Will’s idea and assertions can be. As in result both characters attempt to deceive each other to fill a space of void in their life – as they can sense a form of achievement or success.
Both protagonists are in denial, and cannot accept the fact that they are cheating themselves in order to achieve material success. In the book and the play, the characters JayGatsby and Wily Loan fall for the trap of assuming that the property of being well liked is what will help them succeed their goals and they both fall short of their targets for their undying faith in the trait of popularity. Both of them believe that being well-liked will force the person they are trying to coax (either for money or for love) into agreeing with their proposal and buying or marrying them/their product. We can see that although they both are well- known, their popularity does not amount to any serious friendships and are instead limited to acquaintanceship.Through the undying fault of the characters, they pursue the resource of popularity to the world’s end and are forced to give up their personal/private lives to achieve being well-known. When Wily says “I’ll see him in the morning; I’ll have a nice talk with him. I’ll get him a job selling.
He could be big in no time. My God! Remember how they used to follow him around in high school? When he smiled at one of them their faces lit up. When he walked down the street… “, he shows his assertion that being well-known leads to success, not understanding the fact that hard work is the only jumpstarted to success.In the passage (“That huge place there? ” she cried pointing.
“Do you like it? ‘ “l love it, but don’t see how you live there all alone. ” “l keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things.
Celebrated people. “), Gatsby believes that his success in gaining popularity will help him to gain Daises love. By the fault of his own misunderstands Eng, he doesn’t recognize that the only thing that will help him get Daisy love is money. Both protagonists believe that if you have popularity, you will be able to achieve whatever you want as a result f the beckoning of other people to your who MIS.They see it as a tool that they can use to gain wealth or love and to achieve their goals in life, but they do not see the fact that their popularity comes from their success rather than their success springing from popularity.
We see the principle from the people they believe they are liked by, that they like the idea of the person that they are befriending (the person himself, what he does) rather than what they are actually selling (love or commercial products). A premature death is a result of careless mistakes; nothing more.Going after a successful life involves some form of personal sacrifice whether it be years of hard work or in some cases, even life itself. In the book and the play, Jay Gatsby and Wily Loan both become victims Of their chase for SUCceSS and their drive to achieve it. They both, by the end of their stories, had put their goals on so high of a pedestal that it even overreached the importance of their very lives.
In The Great Gatsby, the excerpt (“Was Daisy driving? ” “Yes…
But of course I’ll say I was”), we see the selflessness of Gatsby molded by the course he chose to chase ere love, and as a result, he chooses to take the blame.We can see that Gatsby was not at fault for the accident but he chooses to give himself up rather than Daisy, and his love overpowers his instinct for survival in this case. Death of a Salesman also portrays a similar duty in the passage (“Oh Ben, that’s the whole beauty of it! See it like a diamond, shining in the dark, hard and rough, that I can pick up and touch in my hand. Not like-like an appointment! “) where Wily died on the road to success with all the stress and failure to provide for his family.
Because his life was centered on the fact that he needed to provide for his family and could not, Will’s mind was ingrained with the idea that the point to life is success, and if you cannot achieve success, you are better off dead. With his delusional thinking, he believes he should at least give Biff the right to succeed and wants to provide him with the means to do so. Both protagonists are led to believe that without your success, you are nothing.
They believed that you must die before you give up the fight to achieve, and that achieving is more important than survival.Led n by the other characters in their respective stories, they give up their lives for the people they love so that they may have a chance in life. Little do they know, the people that they have endowed their lives to either don’t care about them or don’t care about their money. They die tragically without any sense of what their ultimate prize meant to others and have lost to a dream that could never be fulfilled. The American Dream is a surreal goal that regardless of hard efforts is difficult to achieve. Jay Gatsby and Wily Loan undergo alike situations in attempt to accomplish this goal.