Compare And Contrast The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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In America our constitution states that every man is entitled to ¨life, liberty ,and the pursuit of happiness¨. This later provides the basis for the idea of the American Dream. The idea of the American Dream soon started to dissolve when people realized not everyone can achieve it and it soon became an ambiguous term. Many people have a different idea of the American Dream, to some it 's money and power and to others it´s the finding of love and friendship. In the novels Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Each protagonist tries to find their own version of the American Dream. An example of this is Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God as she tries to find love and refuses …show more content…
Her dream is to find someone who feels for and loves her. On the other hand Gatsby’s dream is the love of a single person: Daisy Buchanan. Despite the fact that Janie and Gatsby’s dream are both similar in the way they both want to find love, there dreams differ in view. Though Gatsby was able to obtain wealth and the appearance of success, in the end Janie gets closer to the American Dream because she discovers more about herself in her relationship with Teacake.
In the novels both protagonists in their own right show that they both start off as being poor to some extent. Starting with Gatsby who grow up in the midwest from very poor farmers, He explains to his best friend Nick Carraway on how he obtains his wealth and fortune. He then continues to fill in Nick on how he meet Daisy and how he keeps on trying to make her fall in love with him. In order to do so he throws wild, extravagant parties as Nick describes as “men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars”. This indicates that the parties were often big and they had no meaning to them other than to get Daisy’s attention. What gatsby is trying to do is try and win Daisy’s love over how rich and flamboyant he is even though
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Unlike gatsby who was only looking for love as a way to obtain social status, Janie only wanted an equal and fair relationship. Janie wanted to do things she thought no women at her time could do. She wanted to accomplish her own goals. In the novel she uses a metaphor with the horizon. The horizon being her dreams and goals in life that she wants to reach. Her first two relationships have taught Janie that love cannot be forced and that you should be able what you want for yourself not for anyone else. Janie’s last relationship with Teacake Taught her what love really is and that even as a woman you can have fun with your life. Only when her husband Teacake dies when she is forced to kill him because he had rabies that she finally realizes she has finally become free and lived a fulfilling

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