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The Great Gatsby and The Raisin In The Sun

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Emmy Owens

on 18 May 2013

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby and The Raisin In The Sun

Examples from the text "What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too-didn't cut the pages" (46). The fact that Gatsby has a huge library full of books that haven't been read shows that he does it all for the show. His american dream is for people to think that he is wealthy. A library represents wealth, so by having this enormous library, Gatsby thinks that he is achieving this dream. Through out the novel The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald is trying to a convey a message to the readers. The message that he is trying to convey is that people always tend to get way too obsessed with the idea of being wealthy and once they have this idea in their mind they become stuck on it and they will do anything in their power to reach this goal, even if that means cheating. Fitzgerald wanted people to realize that society was like this in the past, and is still like this in present day. He wants the readers to understand that if you think you need money in order to be happy, you are wrong. If you focus your whole life on attaining wealth, you will end up with a broken heart. Authors Message.. Authors Message.. "A Raisin in The Sun" is a play by Lorraine Hansberry. In this play every family member strives for a better life. Although all of their views of what this "better life" may look like are different, the underlying message is the same. Hansberry's message to the reader is that the "American Dream" of being wealthy can tear a family apart, and in the end the american dream should be about having a family, not having money. Examples from the movie Through out the play Walter wanted to feel masculine and wanted to make lots of money. Walter thought that opening up a liquor store would make him happy because it would make him lots of money and also make him feel masculine. In the end, when Walter faces the tough decision of picking is Liquor store or the house for his family to live in, he picks the house. Walter then discovers his true American Dream, to have a home that all of his family can be together and be happy in. The Great Gatsby and A Raisin in The Sun by: Emmy Owens A RAISIN IN THE SUN THE GREAT GATSBY THE AMERICAN DREAM The American dream is originally about the discovery of happiness, but by the 1920's, this dream had become perverted into the desire for wealth by whatever means; mistaken that money will bring happiness. The novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the play "A Raisin in The Sun" both share the similar theme of the American Dream. Both of the authors are trying to send the message to the reader that "Money can't buy happiness". Although their views were a little different in that Fitzgerald's message is saying that if you chase money your whole life you will end up very unhappy. Hansberry agrees with this message, but it is different because she focuses more on the fact that being with family is way more important than having money. "I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He has come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night" (182). At the end of the novel, Gatsby is shot by Walter. Once Gatsby dies, Nick realizes that he never achieved any of his real dreams, like Daisy. Although Gatsby's American Dream was to become wealthy, by the end of the novel Gatsby loses everything that is important to him. This goes to show that the American Dream of wealth will never truly satisfy anyone. AMERICAN DREAM =
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