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The Great Gatsby/Chicago Project

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The Great Gatsby/Chicago Project
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Daisy and Roxie are a lot alike. Both have desires that they are in relentless pursuit of. Both women find themselves in situations where they cheat on their husbands, and they only have this affair because they want something out of the other guy. These two are both selfish and greedy in their own right, trying to find ways to get what they want, no matter how cold it makes them. Both develop over time through their respective plots to be careless people. Daisy Buchanan marries Tom for the money and fools around with Gatsby, but loves neither of them. Even with Gatsby dies nearing the end of the novel, Daisy does not show up at his funeral, "I could only remember, without resentment, that Daisy hadn’t sent a message or a flower." It shows her development from a normal classy girl who wants to just have some fun with Gatsby to a cold women with no care for others. On the other hand, Roxie is originally a sweet clueless girl, whose life is turned upside down when she shoots Fred Casey out of anger. However, over time, she is shown through the developing plot to only wish to be in the limelight. She leaves Amos to the waste side in her pursuit for fame, even faking a pregnancy to gain sympathy and attention from the press.
Both Tom Buchanan and Billy Flynn are well-respected men whom are famous in their own rights. They are both seen as classy individuals whom people look up to, but for different reasons. Tom is well known for his Polo days; a well built man whom is know throughout the East Egg for his established fortune and beautiful estate. On the other hand we have Mr. Flynn, who is well known for his abilities in the courtroom as a criminal lawyer. Tom is a popular man, with a quick temper. Daisy's betrayal and his obviousness, although, show the development of his character as a man lost in the pursuit of excess. "He nodded sagely. 'And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time.'" Billy Flynn is similar. He has never lost a case, and his pride and enjoyment of his life full of overindulgence shows it. The man is presented as highly-sought after individual in the prison cells of convicted murderers for his fame and influence.
Daisy and Roxie
Both Jordan Baker and Matron Morton are sitting on the side lines in their respective plots and waiting. Neither are present for the entire plot, nor are they completely central for the main character's development. Although,
throughout the plot both Morton and Jordan play a role unlike other characters in the limelight, being the characters whom sit and watch the plot unfold. Both Jordan and Mama know of behind the scenes action happenings in the plot, but only choose to share when they benefit from it. “I was about to speak when she sat up alertly and said ‘Sh!’ in a warning voice. A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond, and Miss Baker leaned forward unashamed, trying to hear.”
Jordan and Mama
Tom and Billy
Both George Wilson and Amos Hart are similar in their sad roles in their respective plots. Both men are cheated on by their wives and are married to selfish wives looking for someone better who can give them something back. Roxie cheated on Amos with Fred Casey, and Amos is seen as the only decent man in Chicago, he is seen a a loyal husband, and develops into the losing party of greed from horrible people. Myrtle cheats on Wilson with Tom Buchanan, and Mr. Wilson is seen as the oblivious hard worker, whom develops into a character who delves into fury when Myrtle dies, shooting Gatsby in revenge. "Poor George. He really gets the short end of the stick in this one. And, seeing as he's one of the few characters without staggering flaws, he doesn't even deserve it. From what we can tell, Wilson is hard-working and not cheating on his spouse. He's in a marriage with a woman who doesn't love or respect him, who walks through him as though he's a ghost; and meanwhile he just does what she says: "'Oh, sure,' agreed Wilson hurriedly" —and we think not for the first time." Both are seen by their wives to be invisible in a sense, as if they have no influence in their lives and decisions.
Mr. Wilson and Amos
Both Chicago and The Great Gatsby both have three common themes within them: Living in Excess, Cheating, and Carelessness. In the 1920s, a recurring theme among Americans was a pursuit to live in excess. This 'big living' was common among people, as it was seen to spend money being the ideal person in society's eye, no matter what the cost. This is also common in both the Great Gatsby and Chicago. In The Great Gatsby, all of the characters involved in the plot are in the pursuit of being ideal to their standards: owning stable, large amounts of money and living in a constant state of partying, clubbing, etc. In Chicago, the Living in Excess is a little more subtle, as it is seen in a prison. The characters involved with Roxie allow her luxuries of the common woman. She even becomes a role model for people with her style and pleasantries, while in a penitentiary. They have this kind of lifestyle even in a prison. The Great Gatsby has an obvious theme: Cheating. When Daisy cheats on Tom, and cheats Gatsby out of love. When Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle, and Myrtle cheats on George. It is evident that a main theme in the story is cheating, and that it plays a huge role in the events in the novel. In Chicago, everything starts when Roxie cheats on Amos, and Fred cheats Roxie out of an act. Billy Flynn cheats his clients out of money and the courtroom with his corruption of the justice system. Morton cheats the prison system by allowing her prisoners "favors" in exchange for money. Characters from both the novel and the movie are careless, selfish individuals. Most of the characters are looking only to benefit themselves. In the Great Gatsby, both of the Buchanans, Myrtle, and even Gatsby himself are looking out for themselves and have very little care for others. There are multiple affairs among the characters, but no one cares about their immorality. In Chicago, it is the same way. Roxie leaves Amos to the waste side when she finally gets acquitted , Billy Flynn only wants his pay out of his cases and doesn't care that Roxie killed someone, and Mama Morton doesn't care about others, unless they pay her.
Tom Buchanan Where I'm From
I am from money, from footballs and nice clothing.
I am from large mansions made of granite and marble, large enough to engulf four other houses.
I am from the white rose, from the waters of East Egg.
I am from footballs stars and athleticism, from Daisy and Pammy and Nick.
I am from the shallow and cruel.
From 'the greatest race and family of humans' and 'one's whom must govern the others'
From a lack of morality or religion.
I'm from the
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