The Great Gatsby: The American Dream



The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald embodies may 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 embodies
the idea of a self-sufficient man, an entrepreneur making it successful for
himself. 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 sublime motivation for
accomplishing ones goals and producing achievements, however when tainted
with wealth the dream becomes devoid and ...

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"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" (page 181-
182). Nick says "I became aware of the old island here that flowered once
for Dutch sailors' eyes-a fresh green breast of the new world"(page 189).
This quote shows the pristine goals of where the possibilities were endless
and one could accomplish anything through hard work.
The American dream became corrupted, its main aims were wealth and
power. Gatsby became corrupted because his main goal was to have Daisy.
The only reason he want Daisy was that she symbolized wealth and took on
the characteristics of money. "Her voice is full of money"(page127).
Gatsby needed to have an enormous mansion so he could feel confident enough
to try to win Daisy. " That huge place over there? Do you like it? I love
it" (page95). The tainted dream was so empty that having accouterments of
wealth could even incite feelings of love. ...

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