Protagonists Looking For Happiness In Death Of A Salesman”, “The Great Gatsby”, And “The Devil’s Advocate

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Often having happiness is finding the key to life. Happiness is the ability to make one’s life full of joy and success. In the “Death of a Salesman”, “The Great Gatsby”, and “The Devil’s Advocate”, the protagonists in the movies seem to yearn for happiness and success in their lives. Although success may be the ultimate goal to achieving happiness, it does not always lead us there. There are many obstacles people have to overcome, and sometimes happiness is not enough for some people. It is why I believe more people should enjoy life and live it to the fullest extent as possible. Happiness allows people to live their lives and look at the good despite all their flaws and as they are happy they look back at what it took for them to achieve happiness.
In “Death of a Salesman”, Willy Loman the protagonist is attempting to find out what it takes to be happy. Willy wants to become a great man in life and fails on numerous occasions. Unlike Keanu, and Gatsby, Willy can be coined a failure and dies a “failure”. He yearns for the “American Dream”, and believes if he has that he will get the success, and respect, especially out of his family that he desires. Willy works his whole life to achieve success, but finds it very difficult to achieve. He never ends up finding it. Willy yearns to be liked. He is a salesperson who is looking to make the most out of his life. Willy worked hard and attempted many times to achieve the success he was looking for, but he never did get it. His death could have been considered more successful than his life. The “American Dream” requires hard work and dedication and in being a salesperson, Willy had both, but I think his dream had to be a little more attainable where he could have worked harder for something more in his life. In the conclusion of the film, I see that Willy had no choice but to accept his failure, and in doing so he could be coined as unhappy. Willy thought that success and admiration would come easy, but he found out through the course of his life that it didn’t. I think Willy had to deal with the cards at hand and love his life for what it was. It is a blessing to live a healthy life and to have a family, and I think if Willy appreciated this, he could have loved his life more than he did and found the happiness that everybody desired.
In “The Great Gatsby” the protagonist, Jay Gatsby is coined as “wealthy”. He was a millionaire who has it “all”. He made his fortune through acts of crime, where he stole, and did things to prosper in his life among others. Di’Caprio’s (Gatsby) motivation always seemed to be wealth and being successful, while juggling and making his love for Daisy known in the movie. It is what makes him who he is as a person and how people portray him. Jay throws many parties and seems to be enjoying his life. Gatsby wants to be successful, but loves Daisy. His fortune is not good enough if he doesn’t have Daisy. Gatsby always seemed to believe that he was destined for greatness and...

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