Great Gatsby: The American Dream Essay

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The Great Gatsby: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
The Great Gatsby is a tale told by Nick Carraway, about the Roaring Twenties. In this story it shows how dreams can conquer and corrupt people’s common sense and good judgment. Throughout this book the main theme is the “American Dream”, and how the goals of society sometimes affected what the character did to accomplish their American Dream. In this story the chasing of the American Dream led to disaster and the death of some characters.
A common goal in American society now and one that was also shared in the Roaring Twenties is to obtain wealth. Gatsby is very set on this goal, while Nick does not care much about money or even his social class. Gatsby wants to obtain money so he can win over his old lover, Daisy Buchanan, who is of a higher social class. Daisy is Gatsby’s American Dream, and he tries everything to be with her. He thinks that if he gets wealthier and throws parties that he will attract Daisy to where he lives. As Henry David Thoreau’s writes in Walden, “…the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required, to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run”. The cost of Gatsby’s dream is his life. People today still try to get wealthier by becoming famous, the CEO of a large company, or getting employed in a higher paying job. But just like in The Great Gatsby it matters what a person does to obtain this money. Many people consider Gatsby to be a bootlegger, for instance Tom says, “Who is this Gatsby anyhow? Some big bootlegger?” (Scribner 107). Bootlegging was greatly frowned upon in the twentieth century and was not a respectable way in society to make money, just like selling drugs is not in modern society. However there are other goals in America’s society that relate with those of the Roaring Twenties also.
In today’s society and in the 1920s many people had the goal to do what they always dreamed of accomplishing. Gatsby has dreamed of being with Daisy the past five years and when he finds...

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