Similarities Between Huckleberry Finn And The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic twentieth-century story of Jay Gatsby's quest for Daisy Buchanan, examines and critiques Gatsby's particular vision of the 1920's American Dream. Arguably the two greatest pieces of American literature is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and the Great Gatsby. The US is founded on the ideals of freedom and equality, Huck Finn is a book about slavery and radical inequality. We are also a nation that believes in the American dream and we pride ourselves on our lack of aristocracy yet ironically the Great Gatsby is on our defacto aristocracy and limits of American opportunity. F. Scott Fitzgerald originated the term "the Roaring Twenties" and painted the settings of the period in vivid colors. Using…show more content…
They are described as being dissimilar "in every particular except shape and size"(5). East Egg is the more expensive, more exclusive one of the eggs, and home to Daisy and Tom Buchanan. To live in East Egg you must possess "old money", therefore making it forbidden to people like Gatsby who have built up their fortune themselves. The Buchanan house is a "Georgian Colonial mansion", and "elaborate"(6). The eastern seaboard symbolized by the "East Egg" comes to represent the affluence of the Jazz Age, its residents those who have succeeded in obtaining the wealth and power that the "American Dream" represented. Those that reside there have access to the inherited privileges the come with money, something which is revealed through the character of Daisy and the fact that she can "retreat back into [her] money and vast carelessness"(179), even after the death of Myrtle Wilson. The East epitomizes the desirable Nick moves to the East in order to make a name for himself, and Gatsby's dream is that he can earn enough material wealth to penetrate the seemingly untouchable world of Daisy and the East Egg. Those that live in West Egg are thought of as "new money". Nick describes it as being "the less fashionable of the two"(5). The houses there are gaudier and showier, with Gatsby's mansion being "a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy", complete with tower (5). Nick sees a drunken woman-…show more content…
Daisy and Tom haven't been to Gatsby's parties, because they dislike the "new money" types, and so do their East Egg friends. Wilson has blended into his social and geographical background so much that he has become almost ghost-like. Nick scurries back across America to avoid death or the feeling of restlessness that has come upon those others that have stepped outside their

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