Compare And Contrast A Raisin In The Sun And The Great Gatsby

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A dream deferred can be described as having a specific goal in mind, but that goal somehow ends up delayed. In both “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the idea of deferred dreams is clearly portrayed through the characters of Walter Younger and Jay Gatsby. Walter Younger and Jay Gatsby are two completely different characters, but they are similar in wanting to achieve their dreams. Walter dreams of owning a liquor store but that has not been able to happen because of his poverty and the prejudice in his society. Gatsby dreams that the lies he surrounds himself with will become real resulting in Daisy loving him again, but reality catching up to him is what stands in his way. The issue of …show more content…
Ever since Gatsby returned from war, he is eager to go back to Daisy and the relationship that they once had. But, what Gatsby refuses to accept is the fact that Daisy has changed and has a whole new life. "Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now – isn 't that enough? I can 't help what 's past." She began to sob helplessly. "I did love him once – but I loved you too” (Fitzgerald 132.) In the five years that Gatsby is gone, Daisy finds another love in her life, Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man from East Egg.What Gatsby fails to realize is that that love cannot be undone. Because Daisy will not accept Gatsby as the only love in her life, Gatsby’s dream is being put to a stop. Tom is a man who refuses to let others get the best of him. " 'Go on. He won 't annoy you. I think he realizes that his presumptuous little flirtation is over” (Fitzgerald 135). Tom knows that he has the upper hand and that whatever relationship Daisy and Gatsby have is over. After this Daisy is still with Tom and Gatsby will never have all of her love. All Gatsby really desired in life was Daisy’s love, and when he never got it, his dream was …show more content…
Once the Youngers received the $10,000 insurance check, things finally started to look up for Walter. He thought that his dream of opening a liquor store would finally begin, and that his family would start to live a better and financially stable life. “Do you know what this money means to me? Do you know what this money can do for us? (Puts it back) Mama – Mama – I want so many things…” (1.2). Because the Youngers are so poor, Walter has always felt restricted when it came to his aspires, but the insurance would have changed that.”…I trusted you…Man, I put my life in your hands…”(2.3). Once Walter discovered that Willy ran off with the money, his world started to fall apart. Everything he planned on doing with that money was suddenly taken away from him. Walters dreams and aspirations for him and his family was put to an abrupt end when he lost the insurance

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