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The Residue Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald elucidates the hollowness of the American Dream, as the unrestrained longing for wealth and freedom exceeding more honorable desires. He illuminates the idea that having or attaining this American Dream will result in unethical behavior or unethical acts.
In the novel Jay Gatsby, the main protagonist, was born to a poor and underprivileged family in North Dakota. He devoted his life when he was an adolescent to achieving immense wealth and rising to the upper class. When he met worldly mentor Dan Cody, Jay Gatsby saw the opportunity to that American Dream. He eagerly changed his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby. He had expunged or at least suppressed all ...view middle of the document...

He lies to manipulate Nick into trusting him so that he can use Nick as a catalyst for Gatsby’s and Daisy’s relationship. He then lies again to Daisy saying he’s in the drugstore business to cover up the truth about his illegal bootlegging scandal so that it looks like he made his money through more honorable methods other than illegal schemes because it would mess up the status that Daisy thinks he expresses.
Additionally, Gatsby isn’t the only character that conveys this image but Daisy does too. Daisy only married Tom for his money and high position on a social status pyramid. Daisy marriage with Tom comes with numerous benefits and that is why she doesn’t leave Tom. Daisy is also materialistic and this is shown when she begins to blast into tears when she saw Gatsby’s assortment of shirts. In Daisy mind the shirts represented wealth and when she buries her head into his clothing she displays her interest in materialism, yet another vague and shallow quality that those who obtain the American Dream seem to display. Later on when Pammy, Daisy’s daughter, appears Daisy treats her like an object, showing her off for the guest to see as if she was a designer dress.
Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan has a vast amount of money from past centuries. The amount of money he has makes him feel superior and makes him behave cruel. Tom Buchanan is very scurrilous, disloyal, inconsiderate, and wealthyTom is scurrilous because of his uncalled for actions such as when he harms Daisy physically and...

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