Gatsby vs Willy Loman

Topics: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby Pages: 2 (895 words) Published: February 28, 2012
It is often the case that things may not really be as they seem. When a man such as Jay Gatsby seems like he has his whole life figured out, he is really at the starting line trying to fulfill his American dream. However, when things are not looking so bright in Willy Loman’s business and family situations, Willy is looking for all the negatives instead of focusing on the positives. Willy Loman from Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is a more successful character compared to Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in their family situations, their business conditions, and the fulfillment of their American dreams. From a perspective of family, Willy is missing the good that he has but Gatsby has no close family to rely on at all. Gatsby tells the story of how he left home at a young age in the pursuit of money and “doesn’t talk to home” anymore at all. Gatsby has no family to rely on and it shows when his father comes out for the funeral and Nick finds out that neither knew much about the other since Gatsby left home. Willy, on the other hand, has a family that loves him and is on his side, but he is too caught up in his salesman life to even realize it. Throughout the story, Willy’s wife, Linda, keeps trying to reassure Willy that she and the boys love and care for Willy, yet it does not seem to register in Willy’s mind. Right before Willy’s death, Biff, Willy’s son, comes down crying right in front of Willy, and Willy cannot understand why until Linda has to tell him “Because he loves you, Willy.” Willy is really much better off with his family situation than Gatsby is, but Willy just blatantly fails to realize it. From a business perspective, Willy’s was again unable to realize his success just as he was unable to realize his success with his family, but Gatsby had a blanket of success masking his real failure. Willy Loman was much more successful than he thought he was; he had paid off all his family debt with hiss low wage job as Linda...
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