Every American has their own perception of the “American Dream”, whether it be achieving something set by your own standards or what your mind simply desires t that point in time. Fitzgerald shows the colorful personalities of a wide variety of characters. Listing people from those who are rich but simply want more and those who are poor and wish to be successful or well known. Those who had money were thought to be the ones who had it all, but as we know money cannot buy happiness.
Gatsby is a rich, innocent, handsome, and humble man, whose life is an example of why follow our goals all the way through. Gatsby has seemed to become weak from missing that opportunity as if lacking some decency. “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited-they went there.”(p. 41). Fitzgerald also shows another character, Tom, who has the money and the looks that Gatsby has, but has more of backbone than Gatsby, being described in the story as “…a body capable of enormous leverage-a cruel body.”(p. 12). The author allows the reader to follow the successes that has come from the opportunities they were given and what has not.
Everyone in life is given an opportunity to do something great, no matter the qualities, but rather the intentions. Some feel a lack of fulfillment all throughout life, yearning for a purpose to live right and live that American life. A sense of a strong character is present if you strive more than others who achieve the easy and mediocre accomplishments. Many only strive for that which is the easiest, with the excuses of a lack of equality. Blaming something for failure is something we all do to justify that it was an understandable decision.
Some dreams come true; some don’t is the harsh reality, and we have that 50-50 chance on that outcome bring in our favor. The American vision of many in the 1920s was to make money,...