The American Dream in American Literature

Discusses the theme of the “American Dream” found in both “The Great Gatsby” and “Death of a Salesman”.

The ‘American Dream’ is the assertion that any individual can become fabulously wealthy and that fabulous wealth, in turn, produces great happiness. It pervades American society and, consequently, American literature. Its thematic impact on The Great Gatsby and “Death of a Salesman” is explored.