The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American Dream

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The American Dream

The book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates what some people would call The American Dream. This term would be defined as someone starting low on the economic or social level and working their way towards success, fortune, wealth, and fame. Having things such as money, a car, a large house, nice clothes, and a happy family is what The American Dream is about. The great thing about The American Dream is that anyone can have it. All it takes is hard work and perseverance. This novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows us what happened to The American Dream in the 1920’s; corruption and devastation. When I think of The American Dream, I think of goals. Not just goals of wealth, but all goals intertwined with happiness; such as good health, true friends, and love. Materialistic things aren’t the answer to living a full and happy life. They won’t make someone feel complete either. Yes, things such as a large expensive house and a glamorous car would make someone feel content for a while, but by taking out everything else in their life, they would feel emptier than they did without the materialistic things. Working hard to achieve goals is a great part of The American Dream and it is the best part of living in America. Anyone can be where they want to be and who they want to be by a having great amount of determination and the want to had succeed no matter who they are and what their background is. If only people in the 1920’s would have had this knowledge and understanding, they might have found happiness when trying to accomplish their goal of living The American Dream. Three Characters in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald experienced corruption and devastation; they were Myrtle, Gatsby, and Daisy. Myrtle’s desires for an extravagant lifestyle lead her to have an adulterous relationship with Tom. By doing so, she wounded her marriage with George, and consequently killed herself. Daisy believed she...
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