What Does The American Dream Mean In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream gives people the opportunity to achieve many things through hard work, and determination. In the novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie is in search of true love and refuses to let anyone make her think differently or bring her down. In contrast Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald pursues the love of one person: Daisy. I believe both protagonists are searching for love, but had very different views of what love means. For Gatsby, this love couldn´t be complete without status, wealth, and the ability to make a strong impression. Janie cared more about communication, companionship, and equal power. Janie comes closer to reaching her American Dream because Janie finds out who she really …show more content…
He bought the house right across from Daisy because he hoped for her to go to one of his extravagant parties and meet again. His American Dream is symbolized by the green light that he is often looking at which represents money and opportunity. It shows him reaching for it but never being able to catch it simply because he and Daisy both live two very different lives. Gatsby is from new money while Daisy is from old money and has no way of becoming accepted into the world Daisy lives in. As Gatsby 's wealth comes from illegal activities and Daisy was born into it. He believed that with his mansion, wealth, and status, he would be able to win Daisy back. Some similarities Janie and Gatsby have is the search for love. The two seem to become very wealthy but neither earn it the right way. Gatsby becomes rich when he joins Wolfsheim in his bootlegger business. As Janie inherits her wealth from the death of her second husband. Both also lose their loved one, but are affected differently. He tries to impress the one he loves, Daisy, with materialistic things such as his house and clothes. Janie’s loved one taught her what true love really was and helped her become stronger as an independent

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