Of Mice And Men And The Great Gatsby Comparison

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In “The Great Gatsby”, Gatsby spends the better part of his life seeking to achieve his version of The American Dream, but was never able to. Within the book’s concluding chapters, the narrator of the novel states: “ It [ the American Dream ] eluded us then, but that’s no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. and one fine morning so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(9.152-153) This superbly sums up Fitzgerald’s outlook on the American Dream. His viewpoint is that trying to achieve the American Dream is equivalent to wrestling against an overpowering tide. In “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck presents a resembling message: those who are fighting to reach the American Dream never do.

The story “Of Mice and Men” shows an unlikely friendship between the two main characters, Lennie Small and George Milton. “Of Mice and Men” takes place in Soledad, California during the 1930s. There they set out for the intentions as migrant workers to find labor opportunities in the farming community. Before Soledad, however, George and Lennie settled down in Weed, California, but took off when the authorities accused Lennie of attempted rape.

George and Lennie are as physically
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Scott Fitzgerald, it follows a man named Jay Gatsby who has one purpose in life; to be reconciled with Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life who he lost contact with five years earlier. Gatsby’s mission takes him from poverty to a lavish lifestyle, into the arms of his beloved and eventually death. The novel is being narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man from Minnesota, who moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. There he rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy area populated by recently turned rich who have made their fortunes too recent to have established social connections and who are likely to display their wealth
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