F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby And Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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William A. Ward once said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it”. If only this were always true; living would be so simple and easy. The idea behind a dream is that if an individual is ambitious and determined, he/she has a fair chance of fulfilling their goal, and the happiness that comes with it. Essentially, it offers the opportunity of achieving internal pleasure and material fulfillment. The theme of fulfillment of dreams can be seen throughout both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The narrator in Their Eyes Were Watching God sheds light on the issue of dream fulfillment and explains how gender plays a key role in the achievement of dreams. In the opening paragraphs of Hurston’s novel, the narrator writes, “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” The narrator then claims that when men dream, their wishes “sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by time.” However for women, “the dream is the truth. Then they act and do thing accordingly.” The route that both Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby and Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God take in order to ultimately fulfill their dreams verify that gender can play a major role in the ability to fulfill dreams.
Turning dreams into reality can prove to be one of the most challenging tasks that…

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