The Great Gatsby And The American Dream Analysis

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The American Dream has forever been a controversial topic in which it is either achievable or not and it all matters on the perspective it is looked at, to the upper-class it is very well achievable as they might already be there but to the lower class it is not. The novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the portrayal of the American Dream and how it appears to represent liberty and the capability to make people wealthy through determination and hard work, but exposes the truth behind the dangers of greed and egocentric quest of contentment. While Langston Hughes’ portrayal of the poem “I Too, Sing America” is his imagination that one day, white and colored individuals will eat "at the table" with each other, and colored citizens…show more content…
Gatsby's original name was James Gatz and he was from a farm in North Dakota, … One day, he spotted a yacht possessed by a wealthy copper mogul, Gatz rowed out to notify him about an close by storm. The thankful man, Dan Cody, gave Gatz his name which is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby loves the luxury life and when Cody passed away, he left Gatsby some money, but Cody’s mistress didn’t allow him to claim that money, so Gatsby then devoted himself to becoming a rich person (Fitzgerald 6.--). Fitzgerald is speaking from a perspective of a rich white man who doesn’t face racial inequality and was not shunned by the people around him, although Gatsby did have a proper, healthy, rich, lifestyle and he was treated with respect, but he wasn’t content with his life. Gatsby constantly wanted more; he wanted love, he wanted wealth, he wanted to be regarded as “old money” and proves that even if a person pursues their crazy desires, they will always want more. Hughes is expressing how he is “the darker brother” and how “they send me to the kitchen. When company comes” as his views are oppressed (2-4). In contrast to Fitzgerald’s rich portrayal of the American Dream, Hughes tells the story from an African American perspective which shows the humbleness and little that they want yet they couldn’t do much to change…show more content…
Nick and Gatsby were having a discussion on whether “you can't repeat the past” and Gatsby argues without hesitation “‘can't repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!”(Fitzgerald 6). Gatsby is being in denial and nostalgic by believing what he had with Daisy five years ago will still be the same without a doubt, which indicated the greed consumed him mind to make him believe something that was highly unlikely. Fitzgerald was expressing the American Dream through Gatsby and how unrealistic and incapable it is to be content, because the American Dream provides a false fantasy of having everything but it is too good to be true, as shows through Gatsby’s nostalgic personality. Hughes expresses hope in his poem “I, Too, Sing America” when he passionately explains how “they’ll see how beautiful I am,” and accomplishes a better future through hard work, and eventually the white people will “be ashamed” of what they have done (15-16). Alongside determination and hard labor, one day he will get his freedom that he deserves, and Hughes foreshadows to the future, a better one, where he dreams of equality and opportunities. Hughes has a more optimistic hope for the future by explaining in
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