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Great Gatsby American Dream

  • Date Submitted: 09/19/2010 08:33 AM
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Humans always want to believe that everything is possible with hard work and in the 1920's, this was considered a fact by most Americans. Many people had an unwavering faith in the American Dream but F. Scott Fitzgerald disagreed. He understood that the American Dream was the hope for a perfect world where hard work always pays off but he also knew that our world is not a perfect one. Demonstrated in The Great Gatsby by the fates of Gatsby, Myrtle and Wilson, the personifications of the American Dream, Fitzgerald asserts that in the world we live in, the American Dream is an unrealistic expectation that is often too highly exonerated.
    Gatsby was someone who worked so hard for his goal but he could never fully reach it. The green light that represented Daisy and her society of old money was always so far away and so unsubstantial. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms father....And one fine morning--" (189) Gatsby believed in his American Dream and he chased after this green light. What he didn't realize was the barrier that separated him from Daisy. There was always the bay that separated West Egg, where Gatsby and other people with new money lived, and East Egg where Daisy and everyone with old money lived. Gatsby never saw the bay, he only saw the green light flashing in the distance. Gatsby worked for five years to achieve his goal and he came so close but it was snatched away from him in the form of the Daisy and Tom. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or what ever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…. ” (188) Daisy and Tom symbolize the imperfections of our world. They crush other people’s dreams and then go back to their lives like nothing had...


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