The Great Gatsby By William F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1122 Words Jun 1st, 2016 5 Pages
In the drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, an African-American family struggles to achieve the American Dream. Meanwhile in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby, a wealthy man attempts to enrapture his eternal love. Each of these book 's portrays the American Dream except it is in two contrasting ways. While Walter Younger struggles to make ends meet and provide for his family , Jay Gatsby throws lavish parties and lives in a voluminous mansion in West Egg. Through exploring both of these book 's you find differences due to not just wealth but also race, time period , and opportunities. In The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is trying to fall in love again with Daisy Buchanan but his efforts are cut short by her husband, Tom Buchanan. However in A Raisin in the Sun Walter Younger tries to make money by investing all the money they have into a liquor store which he is then scammed of and realizes what true happiness is. Wealth and happiness are the most powerful forces driving the American Dream because to have a happy family you need to have money to provide for them.
Gatsby transformed his life to suit his aspirations for a life of happiness and wealth. He was from a poor farming family in North Dakota and was born James Gatz but legally had his name changed to the more formal sounding Jay Gatsby. James Gatz met Dan Cody because he saw his yacht heading out to sea when a storm was brewing on the horizon, Dan Cody was very grateful for what Gatz had done and…

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