Death of a Salesman/The Great Gatsby Essay In the literary movement of modernism, and in contemporary times in general, there are many aspects of society that are examined and subsequently critiqued. Specifically, modernism comments on the downsides of certain areas of American life (competition, technology, urbanization, alienation, materialism, etc.). In a well-organized and interpretive essay, discuss the American Dream and how it relates to the characters in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby. Compare and contrast the authors’ depictions of the American Dream, their commentary/message about society and the uniqueness of the American experience in modern times. Be sure to relate to the overall theme of these texts. Concepts to think about: -Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman’s: Expectations Goals/motivations Relationships Funerals Deaths This essay is worth 50 points and is due Thursday, May 28th.