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Background Knowledge

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Evelin Vera Alba

on 10 February 2017

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Compare and Contrast Gatsby and Donald Trump
Gatsby and Donald trump believe that being rich makes them in some sort of way powerful. They believe that with money your able to bribe your way into and out of anything, just take this under consideration they both lived in completely different eras.
Background Knowledge
Jay Gatsby is the main character in the novel ''The Great Gatsby". The great gatsby is a novel that was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, in the novel Jay Gatsby is narrated by Nick Carraway. Gatsby is describe as a wealthy single man who is trying to reconcile a relationship with his lover Daisy and throughout that he faces challenges and obstacles that lead to his death
Although, Gatsby and Trumps have their similarities and differences , they are most definitely not the same person in general. They overall had different intentions and even though Gatsby never thought about the consequences that came with wanting daisy to fall in love with him over again. He never knew daisy was a gold-digger or that someone would be killed etc. You can say love blinded him from reality which eventually back stabbed him. On the other hand, Trumps intentions were made very clear as he is ''political'' and straight forward about everything. He could care less whether people like him or not all he wants is to win which he in fact did.
Gabsty didn't grow up wealthy, he was actually poor.

In Chapter 6, page 98 Nick states '' His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people''
''he had been beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a calm-digger and a salmon-fisher... or in any other capacity that bought him food and bed''

He was suppose to inherit money from a man he met named Dan Cody, but the wife intervened and he instead made his money from bootlegging. He was later exposed as tom caught up on his act.
In Chapter 7, page 133 Tom States '' I found out what your 'drug-stores' were ... he and this wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drugs ...and sold grain alcohol over the counter''
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 and had been raised in New York City. Before being know as the 45th President of the United States. He was mostly known for his businesses and wealth. Now, he is mention in mostly every article for being quite problematic.
An example of Gatsby would be how he tried to bribe Daisy back by showing off his house and how well he had been doing since the last time he had seen her. Nick realized that once Gatsby saw that he was getting a reaction out of her he started to show her all the expensive things he owned.

This happened in Chapter 5 page 90 when Gatsby says '' I want you and daisy to come over... I'd like to show her around '' and her reaction is ''the huge place there? '' she cried pointing ... '' I love it '' and Nick states '' I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.''
An example of Donald Trump would be him not wanting to pay his taxes for the past 18 years as that apparently makes him ''smart''.

Another example is in the way he voices his opinions. He believes he can be as uncensored and rude about anything and not receive any if and or but about it.
On the other hand, Donald Trump
was born into a wealthy family. Trump fathers Fredrick made his fortune by selling and building houses to veterans and their families. Later in life, he partner up with a business that would soon help him create his empire
Although, they have huge ego. they way in which they treat and describe women are distinctly different and shows a huge part of their characteristic .
In Chapter 7 page 20 Gatsby and Nick discussed about Daisy voice '' She'd got an indiscreet voice,'' I remarked. '' It's full of - i hesitated '' her voice is full of money,'' he said suddenly.'' Unlike Trump who constantly disrespects women with misogynistic comments such as ''nasty women'' , Hilary playing the ''women card'' etc
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Aside from that they both are flawed individuals. They are both self-destructive, arrogant and greedy. This is shown in Chapter 7, when Tom and Gatsby get into an unnecessary argument about who Daisy loved the most . Gatsby states “She’s never loved you. She loves me.” “You must be crazy!” exclaimed Tom automatically. Gatsby sprang to his feet, vivid with excitement. “She never loved you, do you hear?” he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me!”.
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