Jay Gatsby Vs. Janie Crawford: A Race To Make Dreams Come True

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Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God packs the narrator and the authors view on the then unusual role in gender and how they are undertaken in the novel. The opening line sets the tone for the novel and the character Janie Crawford, can insinuate parallel worlds between her and the character of Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby. If the parallels are being drawn respectively to the characters in the two novels, then the lines “Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men”, would relate to Jay Gatsby, in more ways than one, both literally and figuratively. The second part of the opening paragraphs in Their Eyes Were Watching God, would be closely tied to Janie Crawford, when the narrator says “Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” The quote could translate to, it is that when a man's dream is unattainable or far away, men are more realistic then woman. A man can differentiate between what his dreams are and what reality really is in their lives. The quote can also be broken down as saying that men never actually reach their dreams, or try to attain them, opting instead for accepting their fate and moving on with their lives, coming terms with the reality and living their lives. Jay Gatsby, although can be said to have reached some portion of his dream, never actually grabs ahold of them. For example, his goal for full acceptance into high society and being with the love of his life, Daisy. In a way the quote is viewed as being in favor of women who live in their dreams, becoming opportunistic and living ideologically in their attempts to living out or attaining their dreams, like Janie Crawford, “remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”
For Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the first paragraph holds true to who Jay Gatsby is as a character, as well as how the author who describes men in the opening lines of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Jay Gatsby is a dreamer from the beginning of the novel through when we are introduced to him and his lavish lifestyle, and when we are told about his past. His life from when he was poor living in the Midwest through when he was rich, correlates with both the literal and figurative points of the beginning lines of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The parallel ideologies between the between the two works when it is being spoken in the contents of Jay Gatsby, “Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing...

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