American Dream.

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For many centuries, and still existing in modern times, the illusion of an American dream has enchanted and haunted people, drawing them from all corners of the earth to seek their own fortune and opportunity – an opportunity and hope that more often than not was dashed to the ground. The American Dream was a shining image of wealth, happiness, and prosperity, misguiding people with whispered promises of gleaming opulence. However, due to the circumstances of new times, the failure of the utopian so called perfect societies established on that principle, and the continuing unhappiness of those who had supposedly achieved it, the American Dream was a futile theory, for the social and economic perfection of American Dream has been proven time and time again, as simply unattainable. As defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the American Dream is an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity, and the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal. However, as seen in Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, such a dream is only that- a dream. Gatsby is the physical manifestation of a succeeded “American Dream”, rising from rags to riches and through the social ranks to reign on top. Yet the happiness supposedly promised evaded him, as even after he had attained material wealth, Gatsby could not attain what he desired most, Daisy. As Nick so eloquently describes, “I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.” The loss soured and twisted his other triumphs, minimalizing their significance until they were nothing more than small comforts dwelling in the dark recesses of his mind. Therefore, although Gatsby had acquired all the American Dream claimed was necessary for happiness, he was still...
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