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The American Dream Is Hard To Achieve In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The American Dream is hard to achieve
The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays a world filled with rich societal activities, love affairs, and dishonesty. Nick Carraway is the busy narrator of the book, a curious choice considering that he is in a different class and almost in a different world than Gatsby and the other characters. Nick relates the plot of the story to the reader as a part of Gatsby’s circle. He has hesitant feelings towards Gatsby, despising his personality and corrupted dream but feeling drawn to Gatsby’s wonderful ability to hope. Using Nick as an honorable guide, Fitzgerald attempts to guide readers on a journey through the novel to show the corruption and failure of the American Dream. To achieve this, Nick’s recognition as a dependable narrator are cautiously recognized and unbreakable throughout the story.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan, the rich couple, seem to have everything they could possibly want. Though their lives are full of anything you could imagine, they are unhappy and seek to change; Tom drifts on forever seeking a little wistfully for the spectacular turbulence of some irrecoverable football game, and reads deep books with long words in them just so he has something to talk about. Even though Tom is married to Daisy he has an affair with Myrtle Wilson, and has apartment with her in New York. Daisy is an empty character, someone with hardly any convictions or desires. Even before her relationships with Tom, or Gatsby are seen, Daisy does nothing but sit around all day and wonder what to do with herself and her friend Jordan. She knows that Tom is having an affair, yet she doesn't leave him even when she hears about Gatsby loving her. Daisy lets Gatsby know that she too is in love with him but can’t bring herself to tell Tom goodbye except when Gatsby forces her too. Even then, once Tom begs her to stay, even then Daisy forever leaves Gatsby for her old life of comfort. Daisy and Tom are perfect examples of wealth and prosperity, and the American Dream. Yet their lives are empty, and without purpose.
For the past five years, Gatsby sees Daisy as the faultless woman, someone that Daisy could be, "no amount of fire or freshness can challenge what man will store up in his ghostly heart"(pg. 101). Gatsby is disappointed that the woman he loves is not really who he wants her to be. Gatsby wants a better life and he thinks he can do it if he puts his mind to it, which is also a part of the American Dream. Nonetheless, Gatsby's dream collapses when he fails to win Daisy and is not accepted by the upper class. All his money...

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