The American Dream and the Great Gatsby

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To the casual reader, The Great Gatsby may only appear as a poetic muse on the seemingly endless rollercoaster of love. But if one goes deeper into this novel, it is easily discovered that not only is this the quintessential grail quest but it is quite plainly a search for the American Dream. Gatsby plays a duel role in this piece of American history; he is both the Holy Crusader, seeking his own personal Cup of Christ, and the Cinderella story of Fitzgerald’s novel. If this novel could be boiled down to its ver core, little would left but these sentences: “the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us, stretch out our arms farther…” (P.189). This is the core; this is the epiphany at the end of one man’s hell, this is the light at the end of the long tunnel of greed and hatred. Even if one only scratches the very surface of this piece, he or she would see that Gatsby’s rise to power, his personal torment and inevitable downfall, and Nick’s final realization about what life is truly about all lead to the conclusion that a dream corrupted is still a dream worth having. First and foremost, Gatsby is nothing more than a man in search of his own dream and he will let nothing stand in his way. Even if he and Daisy are from two very differenet worlds he still believes against all odds that he can have her as is how. As one can easily gather from the reading, Gatsby attains his massive fortune by falling deep into the corrupt world of bootlegging or by consorting with some very unsavory people. The reader can see that Gatsby destroys his personal credibility and moral values for this slim chance at attaining his girl, his holy grail. Daisy in her incoherent ramblings seems to state a reoccuring theme throughout the novel, “I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything. Sophisticated. God, I’m sophisticated.” (P.22) that is to say that she is constantly reminding the her peers that she is above them in every way. Now how could a simple Midwestern such as...
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