As both novels proceed, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, the characters in the books are portrayed as hard working people to achieve their dream of becoming rich. Opposing to this idea the characters are also struck with greediness to achieve their dreams of success in a selfish way. In both novels, the characters choose similar ways to achieve success. In both novels, the characters are determined to earn money for a better life. To begin, in Secret Daughter, Jasu works hard and with honesty to earn money even when it involves risking his own life.
Despite of knowing the hazards involved in his job at the bicycle shop, Jasu is dedicated enough to go there to earn money. While working, “Jasu has tripped over electric cables that run all over the floor. The dust and fumes from the welding torches irritate his throat and eyes so much… Nevertheless Jasu feels fortunate to have this job”(Gowda, 119). Even though Jasu trips over the cables or the dust gathers in his eyes, he is still willing to work hard. This shows his willingness for not giving up to work so that he can accomplish his goal of satisfying the needs of his family.
Additionally, when Somer and Kris came back to San Francisco from India after adopting Asha, Kris starts working for more hours at the hospital involving him to take some risk. To stabilize their finances, “On their third night home, Kris works an overnight shift at the hospital, and Somer finds herself feeling anxious about her first night alone with Asha”(84). Since Kris has a dream of earning well and providing a better life to his family after the adoption of Asha, he also works for overnight shifts. This shows he is really determined to achieve this dream for which he is also willing to give up spending time with his family.
Similarly to Jasu and Kris determination to work with honesty for achieving success, George Wilson and Nick are also determined to strive for success. For example, George Wilson puts all his focus in his work to earn money with honesty. This can be seen when Nick sees George for the first time and he describes him as “a blond, spiritless man, anaemic and faintly handsome”(Fitzgerald, 28). George Wilson looks like a spiritless man which shows the lack of energy in him but he still works hard in his garage so that he can earn money for his family.
Similarly to Jasu who is ignoring the hazards which can be damaging to his body, George is also ignoring his health to provide money for his family. Moreover, Nick is also willing to take risks so that he can also progress in his way toward success. He tells that “I had just left a country of wide lawns and friendly trees,… It was lonely for a day or so … ” (11). As Nick has moved from West to East which is a new place for him, it shows his willingness to increase the finances for his living even if it has loosen his ties with his homeland.
Therefore, Nick gives up the strong ties with his family just like Kris who is not able to create strong bonding with Asha due to lack of time so that they both can earn money for a better living. To sum it up, even if their work involves any risks to their life they still don’t lose their willingness to progress their earnings for a better living. In both novels, the characters take the way of greediness to achieve their dream of success. Firstly, in Secret Daughter, Vijay chooses the illegal way of earning so he can get rich easily. Kavita had figured out that ” Vijay is wrapped up in that Chandi Bang gang”(Gowda 193).
Since Vijay is working in a drug business, this proves that he is willing to take the path of dishonesty to achieve his goal of earning a lot of money. Moreover, the way of greediness has also taken over Vijay’s loyalty toward his parents. Since Jasu got Vijay out of jail, “The boy has come to see Kavita only once during the past month when she’s been bedridden” (338). Since Kavita has been bedridden, Vijay has stopped caring about his parents as he has fallen hard for the obsession of earning money. This shows that greediness has converted Vijay in a selfish person for his own goals.
Similarly to Vijay’s bad ways of earning money, Gatsby and Daisy also choose the negative ways of earning money. To begin with, Gatsby chooses illegal ways of achieving his goal of earning money. When Tom figures out Gatsby’s reality he says, ” ‘ He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter’ “(127). Gatsby’s earnings are coming from the illegal bootlegger business he owns. This shows that he is willing to take the negative way to earn well so he can become rich and well known.
Therefore, Gatsby and Vijay have both chosen the illegal ways of earning to achieve the same motive of becoming rich. Furthermore, Daisy captivates Gatsby in her love so she can get the money she wants from Gatsby. Daisy tells Tom, ” ‘I never loved him’ “(127). As Daisy leaves Tom to go with Gatsby because he is rich she doesn’t care about the emotions Tom would go through. Both Daisy and Vijay have ignored the emotions of their loved ones to satisfy their greed for money. At last, the characters in both novels choose the ways which were illegal and hurting the emotions of their loved ones just to earn money for their own living.
To conclude, first the characters in both novels like George Wilson, Nick from The Great Gatsby and Jasu and Kris from Secret Daughter work with all their efforts regardless of any risks that come in their way so they can earn well for their family and give them a better life. But opposing to this idea, the characters in both novels like Gatsby, Daisy from The Great Gatsby and Vijay from Secret Daughter choose the ways of greediness to accomplish their selfish dreams of becoming a rich citizen of the society.