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How do The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman differ in their representation of the notion of the American dream?

The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman differ in their representation of the notion of the American dream because, though both main characters desire money, one is trying to reach an elite social status while the other is simply trying to provide for his family.

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One major difference to explore between The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman is what the American dream represents to each of the main characters.

To Jay Gatsby, the American dream is to leave his past behind and become one of the wealthy elite. It's a dream filled with glamour and prestige. He works hard to achieve it and has to leave the person he was before behind.

To Willy Loman, the...

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