Surpassing the American Dream
The American Dream is something that a person can either find success or failure. The American Dream is open for interpretations. The American Dream Gatsby is chasing consist of; wealth, social acceptance, and the love of a desirable woman. Fitzgerald, in his novel The Great Gatsby, crafts a unique style of exploring the connection between Jay Gatsby and the American Dream. Tom Buchanan is man that had already gained the social status that Gatsby wanted to acquire in the novel. Mr. Gatsby desperately tries to befriend Tom Buchanan in order to gain social status and live the American Dream. Gatsby being a socially awkward person is inhibited in discovering the dream he is chasing. Finding love is another aspect of Mr. Gatsby’s dream that is never completed. His desire to marry Tom’s wife Daisy is an endless quest. Nick’s opinion of Gatsby is another factor that contributes to the unsuccessfulness of Gatsby. The American Dream is an artificial idea that cannot be achieved by Mr. Jay Gatsby because it is merely a product of the New World.
Mr. Jay Gatsby always had the American Dream in his mind. Coming from a poor family with little wealth, Gatsby was not willing to accept this factor of his life. Mr. Gatsby’s only apparent aspect of success in the American Dream is the wealth he arrives at. The narrator states, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself…So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end”(Fitzgerald 98). This fantasy Jay Gatsby creates becomes reality. He is the one man in West Egg who throws huge parties and is able to serve alcohol during prohibition, which gives people the notion, that Mr. Jay Gatsby is a wealthy man who seems to be living the American Dream.
Tom Buchanan a man of West Egg seems to have everything that the American Dream is about. Tom...
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