Their Eyes Were Watching God And The Great Gatsby Comparison Essay

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A dream is something that fully satisfies a wish, goal or a desired purpose (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God the main characters both have a dream that are essential to them. Each wishes to live their dream, but runs into conflict preventing them from fulfilling that ambition. Dreams can transfer the character of a person, or simply change itself. However, dreams can be devastating if not accomplished. They can be unrealistic, or the wrong dream for that individual. In some cases the most ideal approach to satisfy a goal is to make another one. In the novels The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God dreams create both Gatsby and Janie’s interpretation of life. Their dreams are both similar …show more content…
Janie has had the same dream since she was a little girl. Starting her life as an African-American in the early twentieth century things didn’t always go in her way. Her mother abandoned her when she was a newborn, and was taking in by her grandmother. Her grandmother, a late slave in the era of the civil war, always wanted the best for her granddaughter. Having gone through the terrible time of slavery Janie’s grandma always wanted Janie to stray away form her mother’s path and marry into a good marriage. Janie, wanting nothing to do with her mother, also wanted a good marriage, but out of true love not because it was time for her to marry. Unlike Janie, Jay Gatsby’s dream started when he met the love of his life Daisy. Throughout the book Gatsby is known as a rich man, but that was not always the case. Stationed in Louisville in 1917, Jay Gatsby, living off the money he earned in the military, was not a man of sufficient wealth. He met Daisy, and soon they were in a relationship. But Daisy, already of independent means, wasn’t satisfied with what he was supporting their relationship with. Eventually it became time for Gatsby to restation to a different camp, and he left both Daisy and the relationship they once had. He made it his goal to return to Daisy and make his relationship the same as it was. Nick Caraway quotes, “His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could return to a …show more content…
Janie’s dream starts off to be a life with true love, but is change when she marries into a relationship where she is not treated as an equal. With Janie’s first husband she was beaten and verbally abused. One day when she was doing the laundry she meet a man named Joe Starks, which she later ran off with to marry. She was certain that her and Joe’s relationship was based on true love, but as she got to known his true personality she no longer wanted to repeat what happen in her first marriage. The narrator describes Janie’s feelings; “ Everyday after that they managed to meet in the scrub oaks across the road and talk about when he would be a big ruler of things with her reaping benefits. Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon. He spoke for change and chance” (Hurston 29). Joe no longer represented Janie’s ideals and dreams. “Sun-up” and “pollen and blooming trees” means that Janie wants something else from her life, a life that no longer has Joe in the picture, “change and chance”. In The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby’s dream is to have the life and relationship he had with Daisy. Later in the book he goes to meet Daisy and she is no longer the girl he met in Louisville in 1917. She is married with a child a whole life that was created

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