The Great Gatsby American Dream

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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a story about a man who becomes rich just to impress a past love. The novel portrays the American Dream and how it is elusive and cannot be grasped. The 1920s, the time the story takes place, was a time when lavish objects and people surrounded everyone. People that were poor wanted to become rich and people that were rich wanted to stay rich. In the books case, Gatsby, the wealthy main character, seeks to find his American Dream which ends up being Daisy, his long past love who seems to have never left his heart. Nick Carraway is the narrator of the Great Gatsby. He decides to go to the east to pursue a new job of being a broker. The book starts off with Nick recalling is father’s words “"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." (Ch. 1). The quote explains that all people are different and not all are lucky enough to be fortunate from an earlier age. His father’s words represent an introduction to the main character of Jay Gatsby who created a new name for him. Gatsby made a new person of himself to show off to his past love named Daisy. Daisy ends up being Gatsby’s American Dream and we learn that the Dream is elusive and cannot be grasped just like Gatsby cannot grasp onto Daisy. Fitzgerald portrays the problem of the fall of the dream through the character of Daisy and Gatsby. Gatsby’s role in the book is throwing multiple parties to get a woman’s attention even though he himself does not attend to any of his parties. People in the 1920s were living a life of no regret. They wanted to party and have a good time because it was a time after the First World War had ended. Since Nick is Gatsby’s neighbor, he got invited to one of the lavish parties. "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

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