American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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Ever since the beginning of America, everyone has had a dream. These dreams vary, everything from money, love, knowledge, happiness, and freedom. Even in the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald focuses on the reality of the American Dream through characters like Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald embodies the American Dream of money through Daisy Buchanan, a women of class and wealth. Daisy Buchanan achieves her dream. For instance, when Gatsby first invites Daisy and Nick over to see his house, Daisy cries over the kind of shirts Gatsby owns. Daisy says,” they’re such beautiful shirts… it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before”(Fitzgerald 92). Another example of this is Daisy’s choosing the pearls over the letter right before Tom and Daisy’s wedding (Fitzgerald 76). Tom gave Daisy pearls worth $3,500 while Gatsby only gave her a letter (Fitzgerald 76). The readers here infers that Daisy chooses the pearls over the letter because the pearls symbolize money and unfaithful love, while the letter symbolizes true love without wealth. In the end, money was deemed of more importance than love, meaning Daisy permanently chose Tom over Gatsby. One other character that Fitzgerald embodies the American Dream of money through is Myrtle Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is not able to achieve her dream. Myrtle originally marries Mr. Wilson because she thought he was a gentleman who owned his own suit, meaning he had money (Fitzgerald 34). She later finds that Wilson borrowed the suit from another man his size (Fitzgerald 35). Mr. Wilson just wants Myrtle happy, but he could never please her because all she wants is money. Myrtle meets Tom Buchanan, a rich married man, and they fall in love. Here she becomes a part of the materialistic dream.The readers infer that the true reason Myrtle loves Tom is for money. Fitzgerald’s character, Jay Gatsby, reaches his dream. He is a character that cheats his way into the middle class,...
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