A story about a man living the American dream that ended in death, and another about a twenty three old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation in a twelve steps-oriented treatment Centre. A story about a man who spends six weeks in rehab and has no hope to live, against a man who is living to fulfill his dreams and desires. Even though both of these stories may seem like they have nothing in common, they do have quite a lot of similarities. "The Great Gatsby" and "A Million Little Pieces" are both novels that have characters who live in a world where friends are loyal to each other, how love plays a big role and effects a person in a good or bad way, and where hardships are faced on an everyday life.
The Loyalty in friendship in both novels, "The Great Gatsby" and "A Million Little Pieces" play a big role in the comparison of each. Characters such as Nick Caraway and Leonard are both characters who have shown loyalty and demonstrated their true friendship for certain others throughout the novels. "I spent my Saturday nights in New York because those gleaming…Probably it was some final guest who had been away at the ends of the Earth and didn't know that the party was over." (Chapter 7) Nick is describing the aftermath after Gatsby's death. Nick was just spending his Saturday nights in New York around Gatsby's house because he is still affected a lot by it and he knows no one else really cares. This proves how even though everyone else moved on with their own lives, he was still attached to Gatsby because of the friendship he had with him. In "A Million Little Pieces" James has a friend named Leonard who wants to help him start a new life by first improving his current health situation. "Promise that you'll try… Trying can't hurt kid."(p.g 108) When James was about to leave the clinic Leonard follows him to the doors and makes him stay because he believes in him and Leonard knows he can help fix him. They are both similar in the way...
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