Compare And Contrast The Lying Game And The Great Gatsby

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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,…show more content…
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 hide their impoverished identities in order to achieve the American Dream, believing the false perception that wealth is the path to an easier life, when in fact, it is troublesome and leads to a dissatisfying and untruthful way of living.
The characters from both The Great Gatsby and The Lying Game, become imposters in a wealthy world. For instance in The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, originally from the working class, is able to achieve the American Dream and becomes outrageously wealthy to impresses his past lover, Daisy Buchanan. He wants to reconnect with her even though she is currently married to one of the richest men in society, Tom Buchanan. When Nick Carraway, the novels narrator and Gatsby’s neighbor in West Egg, first meets Gatsby he thinks that he is another one of those rich people who he would never be able to see eye to eye with. Nick soon learns that Gatsby does not come from ‘old money’ and that he is different from others, so there is a chance for a friendship.
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