Gatsby vs. Sopranos

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When discussing and comparing two highly acclaimed pieces of work, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Television show, The Sopranos, written by David Chase are not what come to mind. Though Gatsby is a book that is set in the summer of 1922 on the North Shore and Sopranos is set in present time in New Jersey, they are very closely related in the story that is shown. In character, Jay Gatsby and Tony Soprano are very similar people, chasing the American dream but cutting corners with criminal activities. Though they are both criminals, readers and viewers root for them because they are liked by many and also are somewhat mysterious to others. In addition, the setting of East vs. West is strikingly similar in Gatsby and Tony’s case with East and West Egg, and New Jersey and New York.

The characters of Tony and Gatsby are very similar. Tony is the mob boss for the New Jersey family and is very well regarded by the people who work for him. In his line of business, Tony commits crimes and has also murdered. He has ordered other men be murdered as well and to avoid arrests, he covers his tracks through elusive measures. Similarly, Gatsby is involved in illegal activities. He is a bootlegger who has made his fortune through the illegal sale of Alcohol. He deals with many other criminals who do the same thing. Once while in his car with a married woman, the car struck another woman, killing her instantly. Instead of coming clean about the act, Gatsby covered his tracks and avoided the situation. Common to each other, Gatsby and Tony have a lot of personal things to overcome. In Gatsby’s case, he loves a woman who is married to another man, but she loves Gatsby too. At first, Gatsby and Daisy are instantly in love after years of being apart but once Gatsby learns that she also loves Tom, her husband, and Daisy finds out that Gatsby has made his money through illegal activities, the love is no longer as strong as it was, and eventually fades to...
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