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A truly great work of literature would allow a reader to compare andor contrast any of the books characters--static or rounded--without much trouble This is the case in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald The books title character Gatsby is easily compared to Tom Buchanan Their fruitless pursuance of the American Dream is what makes them most similar The American Dream consists of having a large elegant house a family a well paying job and basically having the ability to have everything one desires when its wanted In the case of Tom although the American Dream has already been attained he is still looking for more beyond what he has now In Gatsbys case he more or less dreams of having the dream and looks for what he needs to attain it This shows the fact that after seeking and finding the American Dream one finds them self in search of more--more power more possessions etcetera One will never reach the American Dream because of the unquenchable thirst for more This is the story of Tom Buchanan In contrast when one seeks to have the Dream they find that what they want is either not available or is out of their reach This is the story of Gatsby Both sides when put together shows that from either angle its looked at the American Dream is there yet unavailable for one to grasp After reading one will notice that Tom Buchanan has everything that the American Dream has to offer--a nice house a family and large amounts of money Their Tom and wife Daisy house was even more elaborate than I expected a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay 11 Its even seen through the surrounding colors that he has the American Dream--red white and the blue bay The community he lives in is East Egg known for its richness extravagance and prominence This shows that he is indeed rich prominent
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