Comparison Between Winter Dreams And The Great Gatsby

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Characters in novels can have obsessions with people, the same as in the world readers live in today. In the book, The Great Gatsby, the main, male character, Gatsby, is obsessed with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. In the passage Winter Dreams, Dexter, the main male character, is obsessed with a woman, Judy Jones. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote both of these novels/ passages introducing the same theme. The Great Gatsby is a story about a man who has revolved part of his life around trying to achieve his American dream by conforming to a woman and society 's standards. As well as The Great Gatsby, the passage Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has a similar theme. A poor man loves a wealthier woman and spends his life trying to get her. To be able…show more content…
Gatsby is in love with the symbol of Daisy. If obtains the privilege to obtain her, it would mean that he is truly old money. This completes the idea that he has turned himself into old money. It is so important to obtain her because that is the girl he’s gone after for years. This is all he knows.Gatsby has spent his whole life trying to prove to Daisy and everyone around him that he is worthy of her. The only way to be on the same social level as her is to turn himself into new money. Since this is not possible, he has to try to convince to others that he truly is old money. To do this, he becomes rich, and lies about his past, but the only way for him to complete this idea is if he is with Daisy. She is the final piece in his American dream. Gatsby could go for any girl that is considered old money, but he only has eyes for Daisy because that’s the only girl he has ever gone for. While he was in the war, Daisy was the only girl he had ever loved, therefore, she was the only girl that he has ever tried to be with. Due to this, he has consumed his life around her and does not want to change his ways. “‘ Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.” (The Great Gatsby page 120). This quote shows that Gatsby himself knows that Daisy is a symbol of money. He sees her as a woman of money. He is biased toward her personality due to knowing that she can fulfill his American dream. “‘I told you what’s been going on,’ said Gatsby. ‘Going on for five years - and you didn’t know.’”…show more content…
Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy and Dexter Green’s relationship is similar in observable ways. Daisy and Judy Jones are both in a higher social class than Gatsby and Dexter Green. Gatsby has been in love with Daisy for many years, as well as Dexter Green has been in love with Judy Jones for many years. Throughout both of these stories, each of the male characters has spent years going after the women of their dreams all to be disappointed by the outcome. Daisy will not be with Gatsby due to the social standards of her time. Judy Jones will not be with Dexter because he is not as wealthy as she is. It is clear that both of the female characters are susceptible to the social standards because being with someone of a different class than you is frowned upon so they will not be with the male characters in each story no matter the feelings. “I lived at West Egg, the - well, the less fashionable of the two… The one one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard… It was Gatsby’s mansion… Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanan’s. Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I’d known Tom in college.”(The Great Gatsby page 5). This explains the difference between the East and West Egg. People who lived in East Egg were valued more over the West Egg. The individuals living in the West egg were in a lower
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