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Gatsby and Loman Face the Past
A look at how Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby" and Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" address their past.
# 133704 | 1,000 words | 2 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American)

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This paper deals with the views that Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby" and Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" have about their respective families of origin. The paper discusses how Gatsby, whose legal name was James Gatz, was ashamed of his past and wanted to escape from it, but could still be generous to his father. The paper then discusses how Loman idealized his past, and failed to realize that he was living out a great deal of the reality of his past and that the parts he sought to retrieve were unrealistic idealizations.

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"In "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald created Jay Gatsby, a man with a mysterious past that is bared over the course of the novel. In "Death of a Salesman", Arthur Miller created Willy Loman, a man haunted by a past that he does not understand. Jay Gatsby felt ashamed of his past, but could also feel sorry for his father. Willy Loman longed for the past, not realizing that he already had much of it, though he did not see what he had. Only late in the novel, and then only to his confidant Nick Carroway does Gatsby push aside the tales told as his parties (Fitzgerald, 37-39), and..."

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