Getting Trapped in One’s Dream
In the words of the great rock band, The Beatles, it is said, “For I don’t care too much for money, for money can’t buy me love.” For his entire life, Jay Gatsby tried to rise up his social economic status to have the girl of his dreams marry him. The attempt to capture the American dream was the main focus of this novel. Gatsby devoted his whole life trying to achieve his so-called dream but failed to do so at the end. He misunderstood the real meaning of his own dream similar to how many Americans misunderstood the true meaning of the American Dream. The American Dream was the belief that everyone had the opportunity to achieve their goals and become rich if they only worked hard enough. Copious amount of characters in Great Gatsby did not seem to grasp the concept that The American Dream was just an illusion. They had not comprehended that everyone could not get what they wanted if they only worked hard. It took more than just working hard enough; it all depended on ones destiny. The fact that they did not understand that concept and everyone was striving to be “living in the dream” led them to create fantasy lives. The author showed how one could become ruined by another’s focus on acquiring wealth, power and pleasure. The American Dream was sought to bring happiness to an American’s life no matter how rich or poor they were. The book was an example of how people worshiped materials. They cared more about how people viewed them rather than how they actually desired to be. Once again, the term “American dream” was an idea that suggested that anyone in America could succeed through hard work and had the potential to lead a happy, successful life. Moreover, hard work did not only mean financially, but also morally and spiritually. In order for one to be happy, they needed to be able to obtain love above all. For, without love we are nothing; without God, we are nothing. Many people have expanded the definition to include things...
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