In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters are described using different key adjectives like 'thrilling' and 'sturdy'. The title character Jay Gatsby is described as 'great'. He is later shown to be a corrupt businessman whose entire life surrounds one purpose. The greatness of Jay Gatsby has often been debated, but evidence continues to show that even through his faults, corrupt ways and elaborate lies, Gatsby is great because his ability to dream and hope for a better future lifts him above the average and empowers the American Dream as an ideal. Nick believes that Gatsby's saving virtue that places him above the average person is his capacity to hope and his ability to persevere towards his dreams at any cost.
If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him...This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name if the 'creative temperament'--it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again. "(6) Nick makes it very clear that he doesn't agree with the way Gatsby makes and uses his money. Although Nick comes from a very wealthy family himself, he was taught to work hard for his money. Nevertheless, he does find himself admiring Gatsby. He values Gatsby's hope, no matter how false it is, that one day he will have a life with the woman whom he loves.
They pursed their ideal rather than living it and thus they are unable to succeed. Willie Loman, in Death of a Salesman,, has lived his life in pursuit of the American dream. Traditionally the American dream meant oppurtunity and freedom for all, and Willie believed that. However, hard work could not earn him everything that he wanted or thoght he deserved. Willy judged himsel and those around him by theit material accumulation, as is demanded by capitalism and the protestant work ethic.
Willy Loman, the main character in Death of a Salesman is a complex and fascinating tragic character. He is a man struggling to hold onto what dignity he has left in a changing society that no longer values the ideals he grew up to believe in. While society can be blamed for much of his misfortune, he must also be blamed himself to an equal extent for his bad judgement, disloyalty and his foolish pride. Willy Loman is a firm believer in the "American Dream:" the notion that any man can rise from humble beginnings to greatness. His particular slant on this ideal is that a man succeeds by selling his charisma, that to be well liked is the most important asset a man can have.
Critical Essay – Drama The idea that any person can rise from humble beginnings to greatness is the basis of the American Dream. Arthur Miller paints a harsh picture of this ideal in the drama Death of a Salesman. The main character, Willy Loman, is a complex and tragic figure. He is a man striving to hold onto what dignity he has left in a world that no longer values the beliefs he grew up with. While society can be blamed for much of Willy’s misfortune, he must also be blamed for his bad judgement, disloyalty and his foolish pride.
Willy Loman will bring his downfall upon himself as he entices his own disillusions and the bedrock of his values pertaining to success and how one can achieve it. His failure to recognize the fruitless outcome of his own idealism will seal his fated suicide and have a determining effect on the failures of his two sons that when adolescent, idolized their father as a guid... ... middle of paper ... ...am. It's the only dream you can have-to come out number-one man. (…) I'm gonna win for him" (p.138-139). He thus reinstates that Willy's dream is realistic and attainable.
In conclusion the American Dream that Gatsby had created for himself improved him as a person. Fitzgerald has created Gatsby as a more exciting and mysterious character than any in the story. Gatsby is the only character that had the ability to set himself goals and achieve them. Although this ability brought about his downfall it was the only thing that Gatsby had to live for. For these reasons, Gatsby is “worth the whole damn lot put together.”
Moreover, this man, whatever one would call him, was not a great man. He lied and got his money in an unorthodox way. He did however overcome a significant obstacle in life, poverty. Gatsby was one of the few who went go from “Rags to Riches” and to live the “American Dream.” In the eyes of Nick, the narrator, Gatsby was a great man, despite the fact that he lied and got wealthy in an immoral method. Nick adored Gatsby’s exceptional quality of hope.
Arthur Miller displays Willy as a symbol for the everyday man that tries and tries but is unable to attain the “American Dream” of success and high social status and becomes a victim of this. Willy is an avid believer that greatness is derived from popularity and he instills these values into his family. Willy Lowman had already to an extent achieved the prototypical “American Dream” as he had a house, car, family and job, but becomes so obsessed with something so unreachable that he dismantles his family and self. Willy Lowman had already achieved the prototypical “American Dream” but due to his ambition he was unable to realize it. As a young man, Willy was going to go to Alaska to attempt to strike it rich like his brother.
In the end, we see Willy's foolishness for killing himself. Willy has too much pride to take a job from Charley and would rather end his own life than work under his friend for money. Willy thinks he is helping everyone by giving them his life insurance money but everyone would rather have him still alive than the money. Striving for his dream of becoming well liked and successful leaves Willy with nothing that will make him happy. In the end, Willy's dream ends up being for Biff to achieve everything that he himself could not achieve.