Michael Del Cioppo
27 March, 2014
Failure Of The American Dream
What is the American Dream? That’s a question everyone is trying to answer. People find it in their own unique ways; money, success, freedom, or love. However, these aren’t easily obtained, and in most situations people figure this out the hard way. People can be immensely wealthy but still fail in their journey to the American dream. A man may be the most successful in the world but in his eyes he may have not reached his American dream. People fight for their dream every day, as colonists they had to fight for our freedom and to pursue our dream. Some think that to obtain their dream and goal is to fall in love, but they may never be able to find or have “the one” and will never truly be in love. The American dream is an unobtainable ideal that everyone is still searching for today.
A lot of the time people visualize the American dream as having money; being rich and wealthy. However this may not work for people. They can have all the money in the world but they will never have obtained or reached what they believe is the American dream. A testament to this idea is Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and he champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his motor-boats slid the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains (Fitzgerald 39).
Nick Carraway didn't even know Gatsby, he did however know that he tremendously wealthy. He describes how people were in and out of Gatsby's house as was he with his Rolls-Royce. Beyond that he talks about the extensively long parties he threw. At this point he did not know Gatsby, all he could assume was that his entire goal in life was to become a very wealthy man; one way or another. This was not Gatsby dream, all he wanted was Daisy; his one and only true love. They were separated when Gatsby went to war but he never lost feelings for her while Daisy married a wealthy man. "It was a strange coincidence," I said. "But it wasn't a coincidence at all." "Why not?" "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald 78). All Gatsby wanted was to have Daisy as his own. he went as far as moving near her to even have a chance, this goes along with all the parties he threw, all he wanted was for Daisy to show up for one of them. Once they finally met up again it looked like his dream was going to come true.
He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued...