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The Great Gatsby: The American Dream

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The Great Gatsby: The American Dream The Great Gatsby, written by Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that has many themes, however the most salient one relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The American Dream is that each person no matter who he or she is can become successful in life by his or her own hard work. The dream also shows the idea of a self-sufficient man, an entrepreneur making it successful for himself. I feel The Great Gatsby, is about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s, a time period when the dream had been corrupted by the avaricious pursuit of wealth. The American dream is mostly about the motivation for accomplishing ones goals and producing achievements, however when tainted with wealth the dream becomes shallow and hollow.The American dream was somewhat pure, motivational and ambitions were some key aspects of the pure American dream. This quote shows how motivation helped Jay Gatsby, "He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way...and distinguished nothing except a single green light"(pg.26). It shows how Gatsby was striving for his goal and trying to accomplish it. When the dream was pure, motivation and self-discipline was present with BIG JAY. This quote talks about Gatsby's daily schedule and how in the earlier days he upheld the pure American Dream "No wasting time at Shafters, No more smoking or chewing, Read one improving book or magazine per week, Save $3.00 per week, Be better to parents" (pg. 181-182). Nick says, "I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailor?s eyes-a fresh green breast of the new world"(pg. 189). This quote shows the goals and where the possibilities were endless and someone who could accomplish anything through hard work.The American dream became corrupted and its main aims were wealth and power. Gatsby became corrupted because his main goal was to have Daisy and he was in love with her. The only...

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