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

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The typical human dreams on a nightly basis; they may not be able to recall them, but dreaming occurs multiple times during the stages of sleep. The typical human also has dreams that they do not have to fall asleep to imagine; these are their aspirations and goals. In the novels Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the dreams of Jay Gatsby and Janie Crawford differ in the way that Gatsby sacrifices himself in an attempt to fulfill his dream of winning Daisy back, whereas Janie develops a strong sense of her identity while searching for her horizon. Additionally, Gatsby is transformed by his dreams while Janie transforms her dreams. Furthermore, Gatsby’s dreams were not fulfilled, but Janie’s dreams were.
At a young age of sixteen, Janie realizes her dream and carries it with her throughout the story. From the moment of her revelation under the pear tree, she realizes that her dream is to find the type of love where she would be free and treated as an equal. The following quote displays the incident that propelled her upon her journey to reach her horizon: “She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation,” (Hurston 11). The experience becomes a symbol to Janie as…

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