Fanatical Dreams in "The Great Gatsby" and "At Chênière Caminada"

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Kate Chopin in At Chênière Caminada and F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby both create protagonists that obsess over their dreams and fantasies.

The American Dream is the idea that citizens of every social status can become successful in their life by working hard to achieve a better, richer and happier life. In The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby was once a troubled young-boy who turned his life around to become a wealthier man, however in the case of Jay Gatsby, money was the only element of the American Dream which he managed to accomplish.

In At Chênière Caminada, Tonie creates this goddess impression of a young woman he immediately falls in love with. Likewise to Jay Gatsby, Tonie was a young penniless man and, just like Gatsby, Tonie dreamed about a girl he longed to hold.

Throughout the book, Gatsby avoids the reality of his complex childhood to avoid the embarrassment of having lived in poverty during his earlier years. At the age of seventeen, Jay Gatsby changed his name from James Gatz ‘and at the specific moment that witness...

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