The Dream to Kill for
Millions of people come to America to pursue the goal that has been named, “The American Dream”. That dream, as defined by Jonathan Yardley in “Gatsby”: The Greatest of Them All is: “the quest for a new life, the preoccupation with class, and the hunger for riches”. Although many believe that they have achieved the true meaning of this statement, they have only ruined many other aspects of themselves while trying to reach their final goal. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald extraordinarily portrays the character of Jay Gatsby as one who has truly been killed in the pursuit of the American dream.
One of the most commonly found wrongs with the American dream has come to be that the goals set can only lead to positive changes in a person’s life. Gatsby believes everything that he does will lead to a perfect life with Daisy, with no consequences. Throughout Gatsby’s journey to achieve his goal he never allows himself to stop and think about how what he is doing will affect him: “there I was, way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute” (Fitzgerald 157). Gatsby’s vision of spending the rest of his life with Daisy is an unattainable goal. In his blindness, due to love, Gatsby does not see that everything that he is doing is for one reason, which is to get Daisy back. Gatsby’s American dream is achieved to some extent, but all the things he accomplishes are overshadowed by his love for Daisy, Gatsby never realizes this. Gatsby attempts to gain Daisy’s attention and appreciation which leads to rumors of illegal activity: “He’s a bootlegger” (61). Gatsby is originally raised and thought to be a respectable well-mannered man, but due to his powerful urge to achieve his American Dream he turns to a damaging style of life. Although Gatsby never did participate in bootlegging he took part in other illegal activities just to attain the attention he seeks from Daisy. Gatsby’s excessive desire to acquire his dream forces him to...
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