Even when his neighbour Charley offers him a job with a salary, Willy declines because he is too proud to work for Charley. He rather blames his failure on the superficiality of the business world and fixates himself on the idea that personality, not hard work, is the key to accomplishment. Perhaps, this is because Willy is living in a world where the pursuit of the American Dream is a predominant part of people’s lives, and the materialistic pressures of the superficial were beginning to permeate its actual values. Under this particular pressure, Willy has been fighting his entire life to achieve "the dream," but unfortunately, no one ever explains to him what its true values are or how to really make it. Therefore, Willy manages his life based on his overwhelming sense of pride and ambition, and in this way, Miller seems to criticize the idea of compromising happiness for success-- even though Willy truly believes that happiness is achieved through success.
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Just took ‘em, I know where he keeps everything… I don’t expect ever to have that much money all at once” (Bristow 163) and ultimately save Jimmy’s life where he could have been furious with Darren for taking his money especially during a time of crisis but instead he generously puts Jimmy’s needs above his own. Also, when Darren’s character is first described it is said “Since he wrote a good hand, his cousin Godfrey had given him a job keeping records” (Bristow 10) Since Darren’s mother and father died and left no money for him Godfrey had taken him under his wing and provided Darren a job with good pay so he can live a normal life. Godfrey through allowing money to be taken from him and giving his cousin a job he shows a great amount of kindness not found in many people. Gwen Bristow strategically uses Godfrey to show the reader how living an altruistic lifestyle can not only help you carry on through hard times but it gives friends the push forward. This is fantastically shown when he keeps a low profile by tricking his friends into thinking that he is allied with the British, puts himself in danger of the British by delivering messages to help the cause of the revolution, and giving Darren a job.
“No-it was always money, mama. We just didn’t know about it”. Walter is a very “wild dreamer” but he means well, he tries his best to succeed and prosper for his family. Walter is money crazy but he means well and only wants money for one reason, to provide for his family. Furthermore, hearing all of these great characteristics and dreams, Walter, Lena, and Ruth clearly show importance towards family and the American dream.
It shows how Gatsby’s seemingly perfect and wealthy lifestyle during the roaring 1920’s is all a part of his dream to attain the “love” of his life, Daisy. Death of a Salesman tells the story of Willie Loman, a lower middle class father and salesman in the 1960’s suffering through mental illness while still trying to win love and respect from those around him. The American Dream is a difficult thing to attain due to the unrealistic expectations attached to the idea as shown in The Great Gatsby
Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
William Moraley’s failure in the American colonies was not due to laziness but being at the wrong place at the wrong time. His hard work and motivation to better his life just didn’t work in his favor. Even before his journey to America, Moraley had a string of bad luck. After his father’s death, he quarreled with his mother for his rightful fortune. But unable to acquire these funds he was reduced to poverty.
Richard’s dad left him which made him felt left out because there was no on to be there for him and he tried to make friends, but couldn’t because he was too busy trying to fight someone to prove people wrong Richard’s needs shows that he needs someone in his life that cares about him and help him with life, “he beat the black boy. But why? You’re too young to understand. I’m not going to let anybody beat me.” (24) this shows that he is gonna protect himself because his parents can’t protect him and they are never there for him. The time Richard’s dad left he didn’t know about it and had to find out later, he felt left outing his children good “having grown taller and older, I now associated with older boys and had to pay for my admittance into their company by subscribing to certain racial sentiments” (78).
He believes nothing great was going to happen the way his life was, although in the end he runs away from the family and is leaving to where he desires with no remorse. When he married Lucynell he felt he had a lingering piece of salvation left in him, nevertheless after he left, he felt like he had lost all hope, causing the clouds to appear and for it to
He has the nice house, cars, family, and money. Although he has everything he still decides that it is not enough for him and gets with Myrtle. This shows just how selfish Tom really is as he does not care about his wife’s feelings or his family dynamic. His version of the American dream is to make himself happy and anyone else’s feelings simply do not