Greed for Success and Wealth in the Great Gatsby

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Throughout history, it has been demonstrated that success and money are two of the most desired goals for Americans. There are many different ways to reach those goals. Some may achieve it with hard work and determination, while others find a different means of reaching it. But, the quickest and easiest route to the top always seems to be the one of immoral actions. Therefore, it would be the ideal choice for many Americans. The greed for success and wealth leads to the corruption of the American Dream. They say once you make it to the top, there’s nowhere to go but down. In Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, James Gatz, better known as Jay Gatsby shows this to be true. He grew up in North Dakota and came from a poor family. He strived for a better life, a life better than the one he grew up with. ”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 104) After meeting multi-millionaire Dan Cody, Gatsby wanted to be just as rich. “Gatsby transforms to get to the top. Instead of working hard and going to school, Gatsby drops out and takes the criminal highway to wealth.” (Galley) For Gatsby, Daisy is his American Dream, and he hopes his money could impress and satisfy her needs. Gatsby is madly in love with Daisy which explains why he fails to realize that she’s everything that’s wrong with the American Dream. Gatsby’s dream is destroyed when Daisy chooses to be with Tom. “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what man will store up in his ghostly heart” (Fitzgerald 101). Gatsby’s obsession with his American Dream of becoming wealthy and winning over Daisy by his status and wealth leads to his downfall. Now that Gatsby is without his dream, his life is without purpose, and will never be the same. Not only is Gatsby’s American dream corrupt, but so is the Buchanan’s. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are the epitome of wealth and prosperity....
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