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The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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The long sought, after "American Dream" may have only been a dream for Gatsby. He simply wanted too much of what really isn't there. A minor changing of the past is what really led to the demise of his dream. Daisy was under much stress, and her ability to think clearly was clouded. Instead of letting things work out with Daisy and Tom, Gatsby decided to intervene, ultimately crushing his hopes of ever being with Daisy.Due to Americans being very materialistic, the American dream can never be attained. Say a person bought his dream house, and had his dream car, eventually, that person will want a newer, bigger, better house. It's a ...view middle of the document...

He pushes Daisy to the extreme limits of her emotions, eventually driving her overboard. His main idea of having Daisy was not too much, but the lengths he went through were too much. Gatsby, letting Daisy driving the car was the biggest mistake he made. If anything, it brought Tom and Daisy together closer to stick with the same stories on Myrtle's death. Throwing elaborate parties, changing history, forcing an illusion to come together, will not work unless the pieces fall together naturally."Can't change the past? Of course you can, old sport," stated by Gatsby, shows that he truly believes the past is not set in stone. He tries to get Daisy to confess that she never loved Tom, when in fact she did. By doing this, he may be able to convince her that she married the wrong man, not Gatsby. You cannot change which has already happened, and this is the downfall of his pathetic dream. If he really loved Daisy, he would then want what's best for her, not what he wants right now. Since his love wasn't true, it did not and could not have worked out.So, with the knowledge that the American Dream is a mere illusion, it doesn't mean it has no meaning. Without a dream, what's the point of living and looking forward to the next day? You cannot force you dream together, instead, let nature take its course and everything will be the way it should in the end. Apparently, Gatsby couldn't wait for it all to fall in its place, leading his impatience in the path of the oblivion of his dream.

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