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"The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald. Discusses The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Great Gatsby American DreamThe American Dream Since July 4, 1776 Americans have had the opportunity to pursue whatever they can think of. This has given the people the opportunity to become whatever they want. A person who works hard can become successful; this is what the American Dream is centered around. A person who is a hard worker and persistent can reach any goal he strives for. The American Dream changed as America did. People became more and more infatuated with possessions. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby each work for their own American Dream. Jay Gatsby, the central character of the novel, has worked from nothing to become a very successful man. Jay ...view middle of the document...

He works for all the things for his one true dream, Daisy, a goal that he never could have possessed. Love can't be achieved because of wealth or Jay died striving for his success, but never gave up his integrity or morals for it. Unlike Jay Tom Buchanan is a man that has no dream. Tom Buchanan is Daisy's husband. Tom is a very wealthy man, but has inherited it all and does not work. He sits around, and plays polo and collects cars. The rest of his time he spends having an affair. Tom does not try to keep this affair a big secret; she even calls him at home. It doesn't matter to Tom if anyone knows or not. Because of his money, he has become an arrogant, unkind man. He doesn't worry about anyone else's feeling than his own. He doesn't care about Daisy or he wouldn't have an affair. He doesn't care about the woman he is having an affair with because once he broke her nose for saying something he didn't like. Tom even had a part in Jay being killed. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made...." (188). Tom's lack of a dream made his life meaningless. Tom had everything he could every want right from the beginning. He had nothing to work for. This made Tom's life pointless. Life is all about the working toward a dream. His wealth corrupted him and he had no compassion for what he had done. Daisy is a mix between Jay and Tom. Daisy has a dream, her dream is to be truly loved, and she isn't getting that from Tom. She married Tom just for his money. But Daisy also wants all the popularity and wealth that she has with Tom. She knows she can't have both, and is torn between...

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