Great Gatsby and the American Dream

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Although everyone’s idea of the American Dream varies a little bit, for Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby the American Dream is all about finding a life less ordinary and reaching the top.

Daisy Buchanan:

Daisy Buchanan is the love interest of Jay Gatsby. She comes from an aristocratic family and is used to the good life. She marries Tom because he is wealthy and can provide her with the material luxuries she is used to. Daisy shows no compassion for anything including her daughter and often hides behind her money.

Furthermore, in the end, she chooses to disappear out of Gatsby’s life and go back with Tom, never to be heard from again. Daisy Buchanan is fickle and materialistic, but also attractive and desirable. She is the personified version of the American Dream.

Jay Gatsby:

Jay Gatsby is the epitome of every man trying to find the American Dream. He is looking for a life better than the one he grew up with, filled with fortune and materialistic wealth. When Gatsby meets Daisy, he finds what he is looking for. For Gatsby, Daisy is his American Dream. From then on he does everything he can to achieve her. Gatsby refuses to see Daisy’s faults and she can do no wrong.

In reality, Daisy is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the American Dream. She is shallow, greedy and concerned with nothing but external wealth and material luxury. Gatsby’s failure to realise this symbolises America’s failure to realise that the American Dream is not all that wonderful.

Gatsby comes from a poor family and he rose to the top of wealth, something every American in the 1910-1920’s was trying to do. Making his fortune off illegal alcohol and stolen securities, Jay Gatsby demonstrates his place at the top with his illustrious Saturday evening parties. However, like many struggling to get to the top, for Gatsby, the American Dream is still out of reach and his goal will not be complete without Daisy.

Gatsby transforms to get to the top. Instead of working...
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