Immoral Nature of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
The American Dream idealizes being economically wealthy with old money; F. Scoot Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s transformation to fit this framework depicting a less romanticized perspective on this ideal. It is obscure how Gatsby becomes rich however we find evidence in the novel that suggests that Gatsby didn’t do it the moral way. Gatsby believes in The American Dream of success and how he attains his dream does not matter to him as long as he fulfils it. The author of the novel demonstrates how Gatsby sacrifices himself to fulfil his American Dream, and how Gatsby struggles to get into the upper class (old money). The author portrays Gatsby to be a desperate character in order to demonstrate the amoral nature of the American dream. The author of the novel shows how Gatsby was so determined to make a better life for himself that he invented up someone he would like to be. “James Gatz-that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career” (104). Gatsby always wanted to be a part of the high class ever since he was a kid. He was never satisfied with what he had. He changed his name so that he could be accepted to the high class (old money).He spent his whole life looking for something better. He had everything but he wanted more. Gatsby to fulfil his American Dream gets involved in criminal activities.” I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business” (95). F. Scoot Fitzgerald makes it obscure how Gatsby becomes rich however he didn’t do it the moral way. “He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong” (141). Either way since he hasn’t always been well-off he earned his money illegally to fulfil his American Dream. Hence, this...
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