Families of Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman
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This paper examines how the authors of "The Great Gatsby" and "Death of a Salesman" use the past and family connections to develop their respective works. The paper finds that Jay Gatsby, although he hid his past, was able to deal with it with a certain honesty, and was generous to his father. By contrast, the paper discusses how Willy Loman does not understand his past; he glorifies it, failing to realize that he was abandoned by his father and older brother, and was led to expect that he could and needed to emulate their success.
From the Paper:"Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby" and Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" are both men dreaming of a future, in large part in reaction to the disappointment of the lives from which they arose. However, Jay Gatsby understood his past and left it behind because he could not use it to succeed the way he wanted to. Willy Loman craves a return to a past that he does not fully understand. Gatsby has all but buried his past, at least to those who see him. The details of his family and his relationship with it are sparse. At the beginning of chapter 6, the first mention is made of "James Gatz of North...""
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