Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane compare and contrast Essay examples
677 Words3 Pages
The Great Gatsby & Citizen Kane " You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. "- James Allen
The Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane are both classic American stories about the so called “American Dream”. The main characters in both stories are Mr. Gatsby and Mr. Kane. They each come from similar backgrounds. They also both hold much power as adults. A difference between the two is one chose their way of living the other did not. He was almost forced to go into that way of living. Thus Mr. Gatsby and Mr. Kane are very similar in many ways yet also very diverse.
Both Gatsby and Kane are men of mystery and come from very similar backgrounds. Throughout The Great Gatsby Mr.…show more content… With owning his company Mr. Kane would publish ridiculous stories about people in them. Kane began to develop a thirst for more power. Kane had married the president's niece to gain political acknowledgment. Doing so later on he then ran for Governor of New York. Therefore both characters hold much power as adults. Not only are these two characters similar but they are also very different.
One way Kane and Gatsby are different is Gatsby chose and knew that he wanted to be rich Kane did not chose his way of living his parents did. The day Gatsby also known by his real name Gatz knew he wanted to be rich and loved by all was the day he met a man named Dan Cody. This day had changed everything for Gatz. He started spending much time with Mr. Cody and eventually Gatsby had gotten older moved away and changed his whole identity to start his new life as Jay Gatsby. Mr. Kane on the other hand did not have any say in the way he was going to live his life. Mr Kane’s parents had been struggling to make ends meet so at the age of eight years old his mother had decided to give guardianship to a New York Banker (Mr. Thatcher). From than on Kane was raised by Mr. Thatcher. This is also one way Mr Gatsby and Mr Kane differ from one another. Thus both characters being very similar yet also diverse.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
- Abraham Lincoln
The Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane are