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Copy of Let America Be America Again vs. The Great Gatsby

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Let America Be America Again vs. The Great Gatsby

Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was an American Poet, novelist, playwright, columnist, and a social activist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. One of his best known works is "Let America Be America Again".
Equality and Racial Issues Today
Hughes focused on the way African Americans and the poor didnt have much hope in ever being more than a poor dirty slave. Although today slavery does not happen anymore sometimes people look down on others because they are of lower class and or certain racial groups because they can believe that they are not worthy or good enough for things such as a high education or having high positions in life.
Let America Be America Again
This poem was published in July of 1936. The main issue being talked about is the way people of color and the poor were treated in comparison to the rich. Hughes describes an ideal America where everyone can dream and all of their goals and dreams are achieved regardless of who they are. But through out the poem Hughes mentions how African Americans wont have the same success in life due to racial discrimination, which at the time it was written was a very big issue.
F. Scott Fitsgerald
The Great Gatsby
The American Dream Today
Gatsby biggest struggle was fitting in the upper class. He came from nothing and became a really rich man all because Daisy couldn't be with him if he was poor due to the way society viewed poor or lower class people. Same today people are always trying to have the newest thing on the market. People focus of having the best materialistic life, because those who have nothing are always looked down on.
Old vs. New America
The Great Gatsby and Let America Be America Again are two very great examples of classic American Literature. They Both touch very sensitive topics that even in present day are still things we strive to get rid of. Such as the way the rich are always put in a high position over the poor and not giving everyone an equal chance to try and achieve our dreams.
Fitzgerald was an American author who wrote novels and short stories. He is known to have coined the term the Jazz Age, which is a term used when referring to the 1920's. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century. The Great Gatsby is known to be one of his greatest novels. It was written more than 85 years ago and still relevant today in symbolic meaning.
The Great Gatsby is known to be the Great American Novel. It was written in 1925, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was written in the jazz age era which was also a term coined by Fitzgerald. One of the biggest themes in the novel is achieving The American Dream. The American Dream is what Gatsby is trying to achieve. His "American Dream" was to become rich enough to have daisy, he wanted to be good enough for her.
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