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How does the themes of "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr. relate to the themes of novels, The Great Gatsby, Fifth Business, &Hamlet I can also compare the speech with the movies, Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita. So, we have an assignment and I have to compare the themes of these three novels with the theme of Martin Luther King's famous speech "I Have a Dream". One of my ideas is that it relates with the novel, The Great Gatsby because of they both relate to the American Dream... any more ideas??

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This might sound odd, but it's a connection I just made based upon your question. Both Hamlet and Martin Luther King, Jr. were judgmental. King was actually passing judgment on those who did not live up to his "dream" standards. Don't get me wrong, he had a valid point, but he was judging. Hamlet, too, was judgmental of Gertrude and Claudius. He was judgmental of them even before he knew the details of his father's murder. This might have been valid after he knew of his father's murder.  

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I'm with akannan.  Seems to me the dream in Gatsbyis neither realistic nor all that admirable, once Daisy has married Tom.  King's speech is transcendent and applies to the human condition rather than just the human heart.  Hamlet is even more...

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