The Great Gatsby and the American Dream

Topics: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein / Pages: 4 (783 words) / Published: May 17th, 2013
Tajmia Owens
Mr. Putnam
Language Arts 1
20 April 2013
Gatsby’s American Dream In the novel The Great Gatsby written by E. Scott Fitzgerald “ The American Dream” presents itself by showing the desperation of Jay Gatsby trying to reach his true American Dream. As we all know the American dream is unobtainable realistically speaking, but what will one person do to achieve this goal? Jay Gatsby is a rich, handsome, bachelor who seems to have it all. He’s living the life that most people now could only dream of. The luxury cars, ritzy parties every week that never seem to be unattended, and breezers’ (a convertible car) that always turns heads as it drives by. What more could a man want? Well the one thing he so desperately desires to have is the most unobtainable request. Gatsby’s American dream is Daisy, Daisy is a fluttery individual and sometimes isn’t the brightest bulb in the box not to mention she is married to Tom. Gatsby knew Daisy before she was married to Tom but back then things were different much, much different. Gatsby back then was a poor individual and Daisy came from money. Gatsby being a young boy fell head over heals in love with Daisy but daisy coming from money knew she would never marry the man because “rich girls don’t marry poor boys” as stated in the movie. Gatsby was completely oblivious to this fact and then left to go the military, upon returning from duty he expected to find daisy waiting for him but instead daisy was a newlywed. Gatsby’s heart was broken, but he did not stop perusing his dream. Tom and Daisy lived a life of luxury in east egg; after Gatsby went off to collage he became rather rich and moved into the house right across the lake from them. Small world wouldn’t you say?! I think not! Gatsby then tried to do everything in his power to make daisy see that he is well fit for her to come back. The parties every week, the gigantic mansion he lived in, and not to mention he kept creepy memories of Daisy and her successes.

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