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Ben Carr Contrast and Compare Black Boy and the Great Gatsby The difference between the white Anglo Saxon freewheeling Charleston-dancing life of the affluent Northerners is so sharp a contrast between the fear exploitation and general hopelessness of southern African Americans you should keep it away from small children An example In Black Boy almost every other paragraph is marred by a slap in the face towards someone less than 20 years of age In Gatsby every other paragraph seems to contain a mint julep However the similarities between Nick Carraway and Richard Wright are striking and emotional Both seem to be looking through binoculars even during conversation Both seem to be dissecting the world around them They also seem to have moral convictions that no one around them has and they dont feel is their duty to enforce on others These similarities aside Richard looks at a world that beats him cons him and suffocates him The worst Nick Carraway is subjected to is being dragged around town playing Cameron Frye to Gatsby or Toms Ferris Bueller Socially both novels profess the closed mindedness of cliques in society In essence despite differences in location and race both stories show that disunion occurs within minority groups Richards experiences with other children whether in the adoption clinic or in the saloons seemed to have made him somewhat calloused He did not have a group to go to in school He was always ready for a quick quip but as he said I was not truly among them In religion he was not necessarily a skeptic but not in a rush to join an organization promising emotions that seemed to be lies His abstinence from Sunday School marked his objective personality He was told he was supposed to feel something after his baptism and yet like most of his friends wound up feeling shortchanged The promise of being part of the community didnt appeal to him
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