The American Dream : F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essays

1269 Words May 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Alan Hsieh
Ms. Sobocinski
English 11
May 12th 2015
The American Dream
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath are two stories that portray extreme opposites, but also harbor deep similarities between each other. The main character of Fitzgerald’s book; Gatsby is an extremely wealthy man whilst the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath are disturbingly poor. Both sets of characters strive for diff goals beyond their financial states. Gatsby’s ultimate goal is to reunite with daisy while the Joads are determined to keep their family together in a time of struggle. Despite the apparent differences between the two books, they both share a deeper meaning. Unfortunately both stories are involved in one tragedy or another, with no happy ending in sight. Most of all the two books are built on “the American Dream.”
Gatsby is one of the richest men in New York, Who is not afraid to spend, whilst the Joads don’t even have a home. Gatsby is a character that has a significantly large amount of money at his disposal. He is able to do whatever he wants at will due to his vast wealth, that’s why “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.”(Fitzgerald 78) Gatsby is not in any financial trouble so he is more than capable of spending his money in great ways on things that interest him, like buying a house just to be closer to a woman he cares about. Unlike Gatsby the Joads do not have money to spend on such things. The Joads are facing…

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