Gatsby's American Dream

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The American Dream is the perfect life! Everyone has it all; big house, picket fence, rose bushes, good job, and love. In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American Dream is represented by romance, wealth, and enjoying life.

The theme of the American Dream is portrayed through the love affairs and interests of the Great Gatsby. Tom and Daisy supposedly have the perfect marriage, but only because of lies and secrets. “Tom’s got some woman in New York…” (19). Their relationship is happy, go-lucky even though he’s having an affair. Gatsby’s past relationship with Daisy shows the American Dream theme. “The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime…” (80). They were young and had a whole successful and happy future ahead of them. The relationship between George and Myrtle Wilson was more of a disillusioned American Dream. “His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control…”(130)She was having an affair with Tom, meaning she had an unhappy marriage, but eventually lost it all anyway. The troubled relationships present the theme of the American Dream in a contrasting way, showing the futility of it.

Wealth and riches represent the American Dream in The Great Gatsby with the lavish parties, extravagant spending, and magnificent mansions. Gatsby threw huge parties all the time. “On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight…” (43). His parties lasted all night, and he was wealthy enough to transport all his party-goers. Gatsby was also frivolous with his spending. “Every Friday, five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York…”(43). Those fruits would cost tons of money, and he was able to purchase them every weekend. He also spent money on entertainment. “By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived-no thin five piece...
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