A Raisin In The Sun And The Great Gatsby Analysis

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In the drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, an African-American family struggles to achieve the American Dream. Meanwhile in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby, a wealthy man attempts to enrapture his eternal love. Each of these book 's portrays the American Dream except it is in two contrasting ways. While Walter Younger struggles to make ends meet and provide for his family , Jay Gatsby throws lavish parties and lives in a voluminous mansion in West Egg. Through exploring both of these book 's you find differences due to not just wealth but also race, time period , and opportunities. In The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is trying to fall in love again with Daisy Buchanan but his efforts are cut short by her husband, Tom Buchanan. However in A Raisin in the Sun Walter Younger tries to make money by investing all the money they have into a liquor store which he is then scammed of and …show more content…
The most prominent dream for all characters is finding happiness, some are happiness from material possessions like Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle is a curvy woman who lives in "The Valley of Ashes" and is Tom 's mistress and he is her American Dream. Tom is a powerful and wealthy man which is very different from her husband George Wilson who is not a very sharp man which is shown when Tom says "Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He 's so dumb he doesn 't know he 's alive." (Fitzgerald 26) While Jay, Tom, Daisy, and Nick are in New York an argument breaks out over who Daisy really loves in turn Jay and Daisy drive back to East Egg and on the way there Myrtle runs in front of Gatsby 's car which Daisy is driving and kills her. Jay Gatsby was caught up in the chase for Daisy to such an extent that he became blind to the consequences of his actions. In this case while Gatsby was so involved in the chase he ended up an accomplice to taking human

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