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Pammy because they lack affection within their own relationship. Additionally, Daisy wants an unflattering future for her daughter. At Pammy?s birth, when Daisy is notified that the child is a girl, she cynically says, ??Alright, I?m glad it?s a girl. And I hope she?ll be a fool ? that?s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool? (Fitzgerald 22). Daisy?s bitterness only causes problems within her marriage and will prove damaging for her daughter?s life. Tom and Daisy do not love and nurture their daughter as good parents should, resulting in a spoilt childhood and negative ramifications in their marriage. Similarly, Willy and Linda Lowman also lacks effective parenting skills resulting in resentment from his favourite son Biff. For instance, Willy likes

to show off his children even though his praise is not justifiable. One afternoon at Charlie?s office, Bernard who has become a successful lawyer asks about Biff and Willy lies saying, ?Well, he?s been doing very big things in the West. But he decided to establish himself here. Very Big (Miller 91). Willy is angered because Biff does not become successful and resents him for it; as a result, Willy takes out his enmity on Linda. In contrast, Willy and Linda both play an active roll in the lives of their children while they are growing up. The family is on their way to a football game and Biff tells his father that he is going to score a touchdown just for him, Willy ?kisses Biff and brags, ?Oh, wait?ll I tell this in Boston!?? (Miller 32). Although Willy Lowman exhibits traits of

a poor parent, he makes up for it by spending time with his sons and his wife creating a loving relationship. Unfortunately, Willy?s obsession with Biff achieving the American Dream causes his son to abhor him. Before Biff leaves forever, he tells his father, ?And I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody! That?s whose fault it is!? (Miller 131). Willy never let his son choose his own destiny consequently causing many arguments between himself and his wife. The Lowman?s loves their son wholeheartedly but have many conflicts of interest resulting in unnecessary tension. Through the element of faithfulness, visible lack of mutual respect and the exercising of poor parenting skills, Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Willy and

Linda Lowman experience destructive relationships. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals the marriage of a couple who have no worries and possess everything they could possibly desire, except real love. Tom and Daisy only marry because they like the concept of married life and they wish to maintain their affluence. In their relationship, Fitzgerald conveys the lack of morals and devaluing of pure love in present day marriages. In contrast, ?Death of a Salesman? by Arthur Miller depicts the marriage of Willy and Linda Lowman; whose marriage degenerates as they work hard to rid themselves of worries in order to achieve the American Dream. The Lowman?s longing to be successful causes a rift between Linda and Willy as he is away from home working. Miller illustrates the

common belief that the most important aspect of life is to achieve success even if the cost is poor family relations. The underlying message of both works is that money, whether long-standing or in the pursuit of achieving does not bring happiness and results in the destruction of marriages. Works CitedFitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Toronto: Penguin, 1950. Miller, Arthur. ?Death of a Salesman?. Toronto: Penguin, 1976.