Similarities Between Precious And Jay In The Great Gatsby

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When you are pushed to your breaking point, you may turn to two options, seeking help or seeking death. Author Sapphire of Push and F.Scott Fitzgerald of The Great Gatsby do a great job of depicting these breaking points of main characters Precious and Jay, one of whom seeks life and the other death. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story focuses on the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession for Daisy Buchanan. Claireece “Precious” Jones is a 16-year-old would be high school junior, pregnant with her second child, both by her mother’s boyfriend. …show more content…
Added to the fact, her mother was sexually, physically and verbally abusing her, causing her to want a change for her life, fearing that it may take a turn for the worse if not. Her character origin is also derived from a broken government system that doesn’t really check up on those who are really in need or having a cry for help. Push demonstrates the uselessness and abuse of many government systems. Precious’s mother abuses welfare programs by claiming Precious and her daughter, Mongo, to get more money; however, Mongo does not even live with Mama and Precious. Although the grandmother does not abuse Precious as Mama does, she allows Mama to use her, Precious, and Mongo for financial and selfish gain. When Precious first begins attending Each One Teach One with Miz Rain, she naturally assumes that welfare and other forms of government assistance will save her and her new baby, but Miz Rain tells her, “When you get home from the hospital look and see how much welfare has helped your mother.” After receiving this advice from Miz Rain, Precious realizes that she needs to gain a sense of independence as well as get and an education in order to protect herself and her …show more content…
Gatsby did not come from a background of wealth and high social class. Gatsby was mainly surrounded by the American Dream and for what it stood for, but his purpose for doing the things he did had no correlation to it. The American dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. In the 1920s in the novel, easy money and social values have corrupted this dream, especially on the East Coast. The motive behind Gatsby’s actions of loving Daisy is ruined by the difference in their respective social statuses, his resorting to crime to make enough money to impress her, and the flamboyance of her lifestyle. Additionally, places and objects in The Great Gatsby have meaning only because characters instill them with meaning: the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg best showcase this idea. In Nick’s mind, the ability to symbolize the main idea of the American dream, as early Americans invested their new nation with their own ideals and

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