Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston And The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In America our constitution states that every man is entitled to ¨life, liberty ,and the pursuit of happiness¨. This later provides the basis for the idea of the American Dream. The idea of the American Dream soon started to dissolve when people realized not everyone can achieve it and it soon became an ambiguous term. Many people have a different idea of the American Dream, to some it 's money and power and to others it´s the finding of love and friendship. In the novels Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Each protagonist tries to find their own version of the American Dream. An example of this is Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God as she tries to find love and refuses to let anyone tell her how to live her life. Her dream is to find someone who feels for and loves her. On the other hand Gatsby’s dream is the love of a single person: Daisy Buchanan. Despite the fact that Janie and Gatsby’s dream are both similar in the way they both want to find love, there dreams differ in view. Though Gatsby was able to obtain wealth and the appearance of success, in the end Janie gets closer to the American Dream because she discovers more about herself in her relationship with Teacake.
In the novels both protagonists in their own right show that they both start off as being poor to some extent. Starting with Gatsby who grow up in the midwest from very poor farmers, He explains to his best friend Nick Carraway on how…

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