What are some ideas for a compare and contrast essay on the American dream in the short stories the great gatsby and Death of a salesman

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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First of all, The Great Gatsby is a novel, and Death of a Salesman is a full-length drama.  Neither one is a short story. 

For a compare and contrast essay, you might try the following:

  • Compare the corruption of the American Dream in both works
  • Contrast the differences in the ways the two protagonists attempt to achieve the American Dream
  • Compare or contrast the illusions the protagonists are under, depending on whether you find them similar or different
  • Ditto the ways in which the pursuit of the American Dream leads to tragedy
  • Contrast the motivation each protagonist has for pursuing the American Dream