The American Dream: The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream: The Great Gatsby
The American Dream is ready to enjoy everything the world has to offer in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby. However, enjoying these things comes at a high price. The American dream according to a few people in the novel is all about finding a life less ordinary and reaching the top. It’s about finding fortune or true love. The readers see this in the novel which shows what the people back in the day strived for. How empty their lives have become. Fitzgerald shows the idea of the American dream through Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, and Nick Carraway. Daisy Buchanan is a version of the American dream. In the novel she is the love interest of Gatsby. She comes from a wealthy family and is used to the good life. Gatsby was a part of Daisy’s life when they were younger. They were in love but they couldn’t because like Daisy said, “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys.” The quote says that a girl who comes from a wealthy family who can have everything in the world cannot marry a boy who comes from nothing. In the end, Daisy marries Tom because he is wealthy and can provide her with the material luxuries she is used to. She also shows no compassion for anything, not even her own daughter. Her mind is filled with having all the fine things in the world and her one “true love”. But in the end she chooses to leave Gatsby and go back with Tom and leave. It was like nothing had affected her like it was all for fun but was bored with it. She just needed some excitement in her life since it was so dull. Daisy is shallow, greedy, and concerned with nothing but wealth. Her idea of thr American dream is to be wealthy, be successful. Jay Gatsby is just like Daisy, stuck in the American dream. Wanting to have money to be happy and forget everything else. He looked for a life better than the one he grew up with. Filled with fortune and wealth, For Gatsby, Daisy is his American Dream. It’s all he could ask. Gatsby says, “You...
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