The Great Gatsby : Unrequited Love And The Pursuit Of The American Dream

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Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dream” and The Great Gatsby are both extraordinarily tales of unrequited love and the pursuit of the American Dream. The story “Winter Dreams” is not as complex as the novel “The Great Gatsby”. The story seems to be the preview of what’s to come in the novel. The theme of unrequited love and the American Dream are both present in both stories, but the development of the main characters from Dexter and Judy to Gatsby and Daisy shows us the best examples of how one can assume that the “Winters Dream” is simply a rough draft of The Great Gatsby.
Dexter and Gatsby are two men who are searching for something more out of life. They want wealth and the opportunity to share it with the girls they love. They are searching for the American Dream. Dexter creates his wealth by risky business ventures and a positive attitude. He reflects back to where he started and continues to grow from his past experiences. His drive for wealth comes from simply wanting a better life. He does not seek acceptance from others, but does relish in the fact that people use his story to help motivate others to better themselves. He found his wealth but gave it all up in the end. His story is simple.
Unlike Dexter, Gatsby’s rise to wealth was not motivated by the simple need of trying to better oneself. His motivation was to win Daisy back. His business ventures were not simple but instead were based around illegal activity. His need for acceptance from those of old-money would prove to…

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