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The Downfall Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is an idea. A fantasy in which there is complete prosperity and success. It was about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. The American Dream filled the hopes and desires of every person in the country, as it became a national ethos. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald instead presents this spirit as a corruption, as the people who purse it fall into the misconduct of money. Corrupt values, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure are all parts of the downfall of the American Dream.

The idea of an American Dream first started in the Declaration of Independence, as people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including ...view middle of the document...

However, to undertake such an achievement, in a short amount of time, Jay Gatsby puts himself through illegal bootlegging and organized crime to achieve the wealth he currently has now. Although he achieved what most think is the American Dream, his real goal was to win Daisy back into his life. His mansion, his lavish parties, and luxury items were to impress Daisy, and to win her heart. However, even with all the money he had, he was unable to “buyback” the love Daisy once had for him. Even though money can bring you titles, recognition, and success, it can never buy love. When Jay Gatsby tried pursing this path, he was unable to win what he truly desired.

As people try to make their fantasies come true, they forget their moral values as they try to achieve it. When people became determined to achieve the American Dream, they devote their lives in hope of obtaining an ideal lifestyle. They forget about consequences in result of their actions, and lose their morality. After endlessly trying to achieve the dream, they realize something. Nothing will ever be perfect, nothing will go the way they want it, and people that purse these kinds of dreams realize in the end that it is unachievable and impossible. No matter how devoted they are, or how hard they try, there is nothing that can do to make something flawless. Fitzgerald tells us that we are never completely satisfied with that we have. Once we believe we are, there is always something else that entices us again, and the cycle repeats itself. Jay Gatsby throughout the book tries to repeat the past with his encounter with Daisy in Louisville. He tells Nick, that he has...

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