A Comparison Of The Misguided Desires Of Gatsby And George



The American Dream. Our individual vision of it defines each and every one of us. In comparing the book “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The movie “A Place in the sun”, (based on the book “An American Tragedy”, by Theodore Dreiser) it was easy to see many similarities in both to compare and contrast. This essay, however, focuses solely on the misguided desires of Gatsby and George and their warped vision of the American Dream. The three desires compared between the two will be; Wealth, Status, and Love.
I will first compare the vision of wealth that both Gatsby and George shared. To Jay Gatsby the vision of wealth was a kind of magical key to a dream-palace of imaginary ...

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like a little boy," he says to Jay, and this single remark defines much of Gatsby's peculiar charm. For Gatsby, despite (or because of) his wealth, and his dreams, was indeed a "little boy"-- a worshipper of toys that he took to be signs of Divinity. For immature people like Jay Gatsby, the trivial is always elevated to the universally significant. Lastly, Gatsby, after being so proud of his wealth at the beginning of the book, totally reassess the value of all of his possessions (regardless of how expensive they were) by the reactions they elicited from Daisy. It was as if Gatsby believed that Daisy was the embodiment of all that he desired to acquire, and was, therefore, all knowing in the value and worth of all things. George was also confused about wealth. He, like Gatsby, also believed that the wealth of the individual determined the value of the person. This became apparent early in the movie when George went to meet his Uncle and his family. Although he was he was remarkably ...

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an old worn out sweater. My last example of how George was misguided in his vision for wealth, was his decision that ultimately lead George to his destruction. Alice, being pregnant with George’s child, refused to be dropped like a sack of old laundry. She found out about Angela and she threatened George that she would reveal all and then commit suicide unless he agreed to marry her that weekend. George could not be forced away from the rich life so easily, however. He was convinced that the only way he could rid himself of the problem of Alice would be to murder Alice and then pretend he never knew her. He came up with a devious plan to murder Alice rather than have to give up Angela and ...

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