Comparing The Great Gatsby And Inheir Eyes Were Watching God

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The novels, ¨The Great Gatsby¨, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and ¨Their Eyes Were Watching God¨, by Zora Neale Hurston, are both examples of text where the main characters strive to reach their dream. The American dream is the ideal that every human should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. Similarly, both Janie and Gatsby are searching for love.While both Janie and Gatsby 's dreams were similar, Janie comes closest to reaching her dream by finding love with Tea Cake, whereas Gatsby fails at achieving his American Dream because he dies at the end of the story. Gatsby has reconnected with Daisy, but he can never have her because of their significant differences in social class. …show more content…
The great distance that separated Gatsby from the green light symbolized the division between old and new money. The new rich are people who live on West Egg and have recently come to their wealth. They have neither social connections nor the refinement to socialize with the old-fashioned, selfish people of East Egg. Nick portrays the old rich as noble, self centered people who feel no personal connection to their actions and aren 't concerned about their consequences for others. "I couldn 't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their widespread carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."(end of ch 9) Not only does Gatsby not have the class to be with Daisy, but he doesn’t even have the money. Gatsby 's wealthy appearance only came from Meyer Wolfsheim. Gatsby will never be able to raise himself to the standards that he needs, to be with Daisy. When Gatsby and Daisy were standing on the dock, and Gatsby pointed out that they would be able to see the green light on the end of her dock if there was not any fog, he realized that the significance of the green light was lost forever. He would never be able to attain Daisy …show more content…
Janie 's strength and search for her voice lead her to become determined through the different relationships she endures. All her life, she was told how to act and behave so that she could have a good husband who could provide for her. Janie 's grandmother planned her life out for her. She told her that she must get married right away. "Yeah, Janie, youse got yo ' womanhood on yuh. So Ah mout ez well tell yuh whut Ah been savin ' up for uh spell. Ah wants to see you married right away"(pg 12). Janie 's grandmother wanted what was best for Janie, but she basically told her what to do instead of letting her know what she wanted for her. Janie 's Grandmother chooses Logan Killicks over Johnny Taylor, even though Janie wants to explore her woman hood with Johnny, because Logan can provide protection. But after they were married, Janie realized that she would never love Logan and sought for someone else. Joe Starks stole Janie away from Logan. He saved her from the boringness of their dull marriage. He enchanted her with his words of kindness and promises of happiness. When Joe became the Mayor of Eatonville, Janie was in charge of many things. She was the leading lady. Although this was different than how her life was before, she didn 't like having to take care of mostly everything. In the beginning, it felt important, but towards the end, she felt

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