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The American Dream In The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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To some people in this world the most important thing to them is to fulfill their American dream. The American dream has changed throughout the years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how important that dream is to people. One great example of the importance of the American dream is The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald puts a lot of detail and mystery into his book trying to make people think about what each characters dream was. Fitzgerald also uses his characters to portray the different types of dreams people have including money, love, and acceptance. These three things have changed throughout the years, but some of them still have a little of the same since this book was written.
Money has always been something people have wanted, from the beginning when America was settled to now. Everyone always wants to work hard to get the money or marry into it, like Daisy. “She wanted her life now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money – that was close at hand (Fitzgerald 96).” In this part of the book Daisy was in love with Gatsby still but she knew he wasn’t rich. She wanted to start her life already with someone who can give her what she wanted. She American dream was to have someone who can provide a better life for her. She met that someone in Tom. Money is usually paired with ownership and security in this situation. Now in days people have identified their American dream as ownership and security (Kadlec 1). Now people just want to feel like their lives are being taken care of from the beginning. They do not want to have to worry about being in debt or financial problems. So they try to solve that problem by making it the most important goal of their life, their American dream. Another person in this book whose American dream is money is Meyer Wolfsheim. Wolfsheim was explained as the kind of character that does not seem to care who he hurts to get his money. Nick says that he was surprised that one man could play with the faith of fifty million people (Fitzgerald 47). Wolfsheim knew he would be hurting people but he still decided to go through with his plan in rigging the series. He wanted to do whatever it took to get him the money he wanted to fulfill his dream. In today’s world, money has driven people to do things that they would probably never do before like breaking the law. A popular motive for murder today is money (Hargreaves 1). People think that if they have the money they want their life would be great, but then they end up regretting their choices. Like in the book when Daisy started to regret marrying Tom when Gatsby came back into the picture. She regretted her choice just like some people today do.
Everyone wants money, but there’s something people want that money cannot buy, love. The Great Gatsby was a book centered on the love and love triangles. “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you’ (Fitzgerald 70).” Throughout the...

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