The Great Gatsby: Capturing The American Dream



The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is the plot to many novels. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Gatsby, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can get happiness. To get this happiness Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream of love and in order to do this he must have wealth and power.
Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the story, is one character who dreams for the past. Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to relive it and, finally, dies in its ...

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if anyone knows her. Soon he meets Nick, a cousin of Daisy, who agrees to set up a meeting, "He wants to know...if you'll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over." Gatsby's personal dream symbolizes the American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want.
Later, as we see, Gatsby still believes that Daisy loves him. He is convinced of this as is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtle's death. "Was Daisy driving?" "Yes...but of course I'll say I was." He also watches and protects Daisy as she returns home. "How long are you going to wait?" "All night if necessary." Gatsby cannot accept that the past is gone and done with. He is sure that he can capture his dream with wealth and influence. He believes that he sacrifice a portion of his life in order to obtain a stronger relationship with Daisy. Nick attempts to show Gatsby the mistake of his dream, but he innocently replies to Nick's advice that the past cannot be relived by saying, ...

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