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Compare And Contrast The American Gangster And The Great Gatsby

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Dreams are goals in life where people aspire to execute their passionate desire to an extent where it motivates them, allowing many to grasp their objectives (Dictionary). However, the dream can consume someone’s thoughts and acts, altering their persona. The nature of each protagonist in the novel, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, and in the film American Gangster by Ridley Scott, were very similar due to the fact that their dreams destroyed their character. The protagonist in The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, first aspired to become a rich man. In efforts of fulfilling his desires, his own dream destructed his emotional conscious. Similarly, the main character of American Gangster, Frank Lucas was destructed, but by immorality and wrongdoing…show more content…
Gatsby’s dream was to become a wealthy man in order to reunite with Daisy and win her heart. Daisy wanted a man who could ensure her financial stability and Gatsby believed that attaining wealth would guarantee that they could be together. As Gatsby consumed his time of becoming rich, it destroyed his emotional sense of feeling guilty or sadness from wrongdoing. This was because he did not have an emotional conscious from achieving his wealth illegally. In the novel, Tom Buchannan said to Gatsby, “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter… I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.” Gatsby politely says, “What about it?... I guess your friend Walter Chase wasn’t too proud to come in on it” (110, Fitzgerald). This quotation occured further into the novel when Tom accused Gatsby of his illegal work. Gatsby retorted in a simple manner and it was evident that that his accusations not phase Gatsby that he had done illegal work. Furthermore, his aspiration of wealth made him strive to a point where forgot the remorse and sadness behind his acts, which destroyed the emotional conscious of his character. Similarly, because of a dream Frank Lucas wished for,…show more content…
In the end, their destruction of character differed due to the fact that Gatsby’s wish to be with Daisy abolished his happy persona, whereas Lucas’ dream to keep his business strong extinguished his aura immorally because of his illegal ways. Gatsby was emotionally destroyed because of his greatest and final ambition was to win Daisy’s heart once again. As he went through the process of attaining her love and goal to marry her, he was put through events that destructed him emotionally. While Gatsby and Tom fight for Daisy’s love, she cries to Gatsby, “Oh, you want too much! … I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s the past… I did love him once – but I loved you too”, then Tom states “Even that’s a lie… She didn’t know you were alive. Why there’re things between Daisy and me that you’ll never know, things that neither of us can forget” (108, Fitzgerald). Gatsby was trying his best to be with her once again, but when Tom was brought into the picture it was a battle for Gatsby to win her over. In this quote, Daisy disclosed she loved both of them while Tom tries to put Gatsby down, which emotionally destroyed his character. After trying to attain her love and believing he was the one for Daisy, sadness takes over him due to his realization that he may not have a chance with her. Frank Lucas’ character was also destructed as