The American Dream
From the birth of America, to America today, the driving force and the heart of America has always been the “American Dream.” The actual idea of the “American Dream” is older than the United States. It dates back to the 1600’s, when people began to come up with all sorts of hopes and aspirations for the new and largely unexplored continent. Many of the dreams focused on owning land and establishing prosperous businesses which would lead to “happiness.” The “American Dream” is the idea of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American and a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
Each person has their own “American Dream.” Whether it is to live a happy life or have financial prosperity, one thing is obvious; the “American Dream” can be interpreted in many different ways. The novel The Great Gatsby symbolizes the “American Dream” by F Scott Fitzgerald. The central character Jay Gatsby thinks money is the answer to anything he encounters. Gatsby desire started when he was a child and through his hard work he attained financial prosperity. Jay has everything except the object he most desires, Daisy; he believes he can win over Daisy with wealth, that he could achieve the ideal she stood for through his material possessions.
Gatsby's determination to be rich financially is a huge part of the American dream. He believes that once he achieved his financial goal it would lead to a better life. Gatsby’s car is one part of his “American Dream.” Gatsby is one of those people that own a Rolls Royce. Gatsby's party guests are in awe of his fancy and expensive car. Also Gatsby owns, motor boats, a swimming pool, also just for the party he has employed servants. Wealth plays a large part of all the characters, Gatsby most of all. "On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city" (Fitzgerald, 35). This quote is...
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