The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Essay

The American dream has a different meaning to every United States citizen. For some it is the dream of equality and freedom, for others it is a dream of a fulfilled life or even a dream of fame and wealth. In general, the American dream can be defined as being the opportunity and freedom for all citizens to achieve their goals and become rich and famous only if they work hard enough. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald proves, through the characters Myrtle, Daisy and Gatsby, that the American Dream cannot be achieved because the characters are focusing on gaining wealth, creating a false identity, and attempting to escape reality; therefore, their lives are destroyed by their failures and dissatisfaction. Myrtle has the hope and desire for a perfect and wealthy lifestyle, which directs her into a path of lying and cheating on her husband and causes her tragic death. The desire for a luxurious life lures Myrtle into having an affair with Tom. She is not only attracted to Tom’s appearance but his wealth as well. Tom represents the lifestyle Myrtle has been longing to live rather than the lifestyle she has been living with her husband, Wilson. Myrtle and Wilson’s relationship waned from the beginning. Myrtle is unsatisfied with her husband’s small repair shop and doesn’t like the title of being the wife of the mechanic. She thought Wilson was wealthier than he appeared to be. “The only crazy I was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one day and he was out.”(p35) This quotation provides an example of Myrtle being materialistic and blinded by the money that is non-existent in her own life. Myrtle becomes so infatuated by the alleged glorious lifestyle of money and loses sight of why she initially married her husband, the only person who truly cared for her. Unlike Myrtle, Daisy wants to believe she has wealth, love, and...
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