The American Nightmare Essay

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“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” are the founding rights by which the beautiful and awe-inspiring country that is the United States of America was founded upon. These rights sprouted hope and aspiration’s to reach the glorious and golden concept of the American Dream of equality, democracy, and material prosperity, but the gold is but a mere gilding obscuring the hidden and unobtainable natures of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic The Great Gatsby, is a self-made millionaire that ultimately pays the price of achieving the American Dream with his life, both physically and emotionally. The life that Gatsby experiences in his pursuit of material prosperity reflects both the lives of those in modern America who have reached or want to reach the American Dream.
Gatsby’s desire to reach the wrongfully coveted American Dream is brought about with his romantic obsession with Daisy Buchanan, a woman he had relationship with before leaving for World War I. Gatsby correctly knew that he needed money to be able to court with Daisy, who is from a wealthy family, so he put into place his perusal of prosperity. Many Americans today, like Gatsby, believe that money is the key to the door leading to a life full of happiness, love, and wonder. Americans enter careers, jobs, and investments that do not suit them in the slightest in an attempt to reach this goal of the seemingly golden lifestyle of celebrities and entrepreneurs.
The fame that comes from being a celebrity or entrepreneur does not render them immune from ridicule, speculations, loneliness, or exploit. Those chasing the American Dream may see this end goal of becoming wealthy enough for all of their problems to disappear, but this delusion is proven by Gatsby and modern American millionaires. Jay Gatsby is a man that is far from ridicule and speculations; his avid and ungrateful partygoers gossip about Gatsby saying that “He‘s a bootlegger” and “One time he killed a man who had found out that he was… [the] second cousin to the devil (Fitzgerald 61).” The generally high status people who regularly associate themselves with Gatsby do not show the least bit of concern or regard to Gatsby, but the still feel free to make plenty of assumptions about him. In America’s popular culture, the news, the radio, writers, comedians, and every day...

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