"The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald And The American Dream Gatsby's Quest For The Dream Through Daisy And The Dream's Corruption By Her Society.

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"The American Dream" is a concept that plays an important role in the novel The Great Gatsby, which was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920's, a time period when many Americans were living the dream. "The American Dream" embodies the best of America. It is the chance to gain material wealth and spiritual happiness for people who start out with nothing. People from all different countries used to come to America for the chance to turn their hard work into success. "The American Dream" is the equal opportunity for achievement and happiness. However, instead of showing us how great the dream is, The Great Gatsby shows how society has corrupted it. Through the main character, Jay Gatsby, a pure vision becomes distorted because a "...foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams". (6) In many people's cases the reality is never the same as the dream.For Jay Gatsby, the foul dust that floats in the wake of his dreams is the society that he wants to be a part of. His views of the upper-class contrast with reality. This also includes his image of his love-interest, Daisy Buchanan. He built her image up in his mind and to him she was something beyond perfection. Daisy destroys his "American Dream" of being with her and being a part of the upper-class because she, along with her husband and the rest of the class, is selfish and irresponsible. Gatsby does not see this. He just remembers a kiss he had with Daisy five years before and how wonderful it felt. He wants to recreate that feeling even though Nick tells him that he cannot repeat the past. Gatsby just says, "Why of course you can". (116) He had spent those years devoting his life to become a part of the upper-class that he held in such esteem so that Daisy and he would end up together. The first day he meets Daisy again, at Nick's house, it is awkward. "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams-not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. (101) Daisy is a different woman with a different life-she now has a husband, Tom, and daughter. It would be hard for any woman to live up to Gatsby's desires but he expects that and more from Daisy.Jay Gatsby "...wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: 'I never loved you'. (116) This means Daisy would have to give up on the three years she has been married to Tom. His dream is that she does this and they move away and get married. During all the years of waiting and hours of work Gatsby always thought that Daisy would end up with him. One day, a group goes into New York City...

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