With life comes failure, it is expected for humans to makes mistakes and be unsuccessful. In F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman there are several characters that face failure. Their failures are based on their actions and it Is the response of the characters that create a tragic story. The characters fail at facing reality and accepting change which affect their way of thinking. One could understand that the final outcome of the two novels Is due to the way the characters face his or her own failures.
Failure The Great Gatsby Death of a salesman The characters rely on others for happiness, because they did not deal with their failures properly. Gatsby relies on Daisy and his perfect image of her to make him happy. He believes she is the only thing that can make him happy since she is his first love, but losing her was his failure. When Gatsby briefly achieves his dreams of being with Daisy It vanishes because his expectations were too high and she could not meet them.
In the hotel Daisy admits she loves both Gatsby and Tom, but once he discovers Gatsby has become successful through illegal activities she stays with Tom because he Is well established. In the end Gatsby finally accepts reality where he cannot have Daisy for himself. Wily relies on additional mental affairs to make him happy because in his past memories he was somewhat successful. In the past Wily has two sons that have the potential to become successful, which gave him hope for his American Dream of success and notoriety.
The past is also where his sons respected and looked up to IM Wily often retreats to the past, because he does not want to deal with his failures in the present. Once Wily finally owns up to his mistakes he fixes the problem by committing suicide, because his family can get insurance money from his death. Their reliability on others for happiness, contributes to them creating a false reality. Lives with illusions and a false reality. When Jay Gatsby was younger he was known as James Gate he reinvented himself because he believed he was capable of great things.
Although Gatsby is successful is whole life is a complete lie, an illusion because he denies his past. Eventually Gatsby buys into his false reality that he has created and believes he was always been Gatsby. His success Is motivated by his desire to be with Daisy and convince her that he Is good enough. Gatsby gets involved with illegal activities Like bootlegging to become wealth and provide for Daisy. This quest to win Daisy over is also a romantic illusion because he tries to recreate a past that is irretrievable. Wily Loan criticized his life through his brother Ben's success and models his life after him.
Off Ben's torture is what nee desires tort himself and his Tamil . Ben interlines W because he believes a person will become successful through good looks, charm and being well liked. He forces these values on Biff. In the present Wily creates a false reality where he is well liked and a successful businessman to help him cope with his failures. When the characters create a false reality they are unable to accept change. Inability to accept change. Gatsby cannot accept that Daisy has moved on with her life and is married to another man.
Gatsby lives in the past and is in love with a girl of the past, he cannot accept reality where Daisy is not with him. Example: When Nick Caraway observes Gatsby and his motives, he insists that Gatsby cannot repeat the past, but Gatsby thinks he can by fixing the present. Too much has changed since Gatsby past; Daisy is older, has a husband, daughter and Gatsby has changed himself. He expects too much of Daisy and does not acknowledge the importance of Daisy's experiences during their time apart. He believes his life with Daisy should pick up where it has left off.
Wily cannot accept the fact that he is a mediocre salesman and has too much pride by believing he can be successful on his own. When his wife Linda insists for him to ask his boss to work in New York so he can stop traveling, he does not want to because he believes he is vital in New England which gives him a sense of worth. Wily Loan not being able to accept change contributes to the reason why he does not take responsibility and blames his failures on everyone else. Conclusion: End result is because the way they dealt with failures.