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Green Of The American Dream Essay

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Imagine what it feels like to have extreme wealth, live in a mansion, and do everything you have ever dreamed about. Now, when you compare this to your American dream it seems small, tiny, and has begun to grow. The same can be true with fire, as once a spark ignites kindling; that fire grows and does what it needs to and dreams to become larger and less controllable. This can be seen in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the following ways. First, Gatsby’s dream causes a drastic change for his future.Then this change results in negative events and actions that hurt him mentally and physically. Finally Gatsby’s needs from his dream become too large and out of reach. Both good or ...view middle of the document...

” (p.20-21) The change in his dream causes him to become wealthy and his mansion is the key to being close to Daisy while not being close enough to be creepy. Through the change of his social status comes a change in both his actions and needs.

Negative events begin to occur from the change in Gatsby’s future. “I believe the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests actually invited. People were not invited—they were there. They conducted themselves to the rules and behavior associated with an amusement park.”(p.41) Parties like that of Gatsby’s tend to get out of hand and can be known as a place to do whatever you want. These parties also give you a bad reputation as this usually is other's first impression of who you are. Another event is the fight in New York City as seen here.“‘Self-control!’ repeated Tom incredulously. ‘I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife.’‘Your wife doesn't love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me… as I was poor and she did not want to wait for me anymore, so she married you.’”(p130-131) This reveals who Gatsby actually is and causes the love between Daisy and Gatsby to be rent. “A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting...the ‘death car’ as newspapers called it didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically, then disappeared. The other car came to a rest shortly and its driver hurried to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust.”(p.137) “‘You see, when we left New York she was nervous and thought it would steady her to drive-and this woman rushed out at us just as we were passing a car coming the other way. It all happened in a minute,’ said Gatsby.” (p.143) Due to the fighting in the hotel, Daisy is angered and Gatsby makes the unwise choice of letting her drive home causing her to collide with Myrtle while driving Gatsby's car. This leads to his death as he is falsely framed due to the accident with his car. These negative events provide bad publicity for Gatsby and cause important people associated with his dream to see him in a negative way.

Now Gatsby’s needs have become unattainable. “I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone...

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