The American Dream In The Great Gatsby And The Lying Game

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When a person is born poor and achieves the American Dream, to have ultimate wealth and worry-free success, does it turn out to be all that they desired? A comparison of characters in The Great Gatsby (1924) by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the television show The Lying Game (2011-2013) created by Charles Pratt Jr., contrasts the values, lifestyles, and priorities of those who grew up surrounded by wealth and those who grow up impoverished, desiring the American Dream. The Great Gatsby takes place in the 1920s and revolves around the lives of the wealthy people populating East and West Egg, two fictitious towns in Long Island, New York. Jay Gatsby, a man who comes from a lower class family, must supply his own finances by working for millionaire, Dan Cody. While working, Gatsby realizes that he wants to live the American Dream and sets forth to achieve that by becoming a bootlegger. Likewise, The Lying Game, a television series introducing identical twins separated at birth, Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer, stumble upon each other accidentally when Sutton tries to find their birth mother. The series depicts Emma as a foster child raised in a poor family while Sutton was adopted into a wealthy family living every teenager’s dream life - having anything and everything she could possibly want. After Emma involuntary agrees to be Sutton, she begins to believe that wealth will gain her happiness and acceptance. The characters from both The Great Gatsby and The Lying Game feel the need to

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