The Grapes Of Wrath And The Great Gatsby

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Imagine a time when the aristocracy controls a poor man’s life. Every second he lives with the risk of an upper class member deciding whether or not to change his life for better or worse because they believe he is less than human. Although America in the nineteen twenties and thirties was known as the land of opportunity and the home of the American Dream; authors John Steinbeck and Scott Fitzgerald express different opinions in their novels, The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby, respectively. Each author uses the characterization of the wealthy classes to condemn the American Dream and show how people of this time portrayed by fictional characters were dehumanized. Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath portrays dehumanization through landlords and government officials, who are seen persistently harassing the Joad family, the main characters of the novel, and making their quest of survival near impossible. On the other hand, Fitzgerald, through the use of characterization, reveals the upper class citizens to be the source of all problems for the middle and lower classes. Gatsby, whom the book is named after, surprisingly only receives a small part of the blame more generously bestowed upon Tom Buchanan and his unloving wife Daisy. Nick, the narrator, is seen in a constant struggle of whether to lose his humanity and become one of these rich apathetic “monsters”, his goal in the beginning of his journey, or to keep his humanity but give up on his dream. Therefore, both
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