Essay on Comparison Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is a man who can be compared to Holden Caulfield from J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Jay Gatsby and Holden Caulfield are both caught up in their unattainable dreams and first love and as a result struggle with an obsession of their past.

It is a natural tendency for all men and women to dream but sometimes these dreams may be unattainable. In J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has a desire to preserve the innocence of children and save them from adulthood. He is a victim of the “Peter Pan Syndrome,” a condition that aspires to remain young. The experiences that Holden has had leads him to believe that the adult world is dangerous, full of phonies and perverts.
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As Daisy simply advanced in her life, little did she know that James Gatz would leap into social heights and become Jay Gatsby so soon. James Gatz was a young poor boy, who thought he was never good enough for Daisy. Gatsby has spent the past few years prospering wealth, building a mansion; minutes away from Daisy, just to compensate for what he didn't have before.He devotes his entire life into moulding himself to be the man that Daisy desires and “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before [him].” After becoming the Great Gatsby, he hopes that eventually one day Daisy will find her way back to him. Gatsby’s love for Daisy has grown even fonder and after finally meeting her she doesn't satisfy his standards anymore, “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams-not through her

own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion." Over time, his aspiration has made him fall deeply in love with the dream of her and therefore Daisy herself falls short of his gratification of her. Despite the everlasting passion Gatsby has for his unattainable dream, he feels that “he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream.” Though he is now wealthy
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