Examples Of The Distorted American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The booming decade in the aftermath of the First World War was a period of financial and economic growth in the United States, which brought up and encouraged a sense of the American dream. The Great Gatsby focuses on this theme throughout the novel, and effectively depicts the idea of the distorted American dream by portraying some of the characters as immoral and irresponsible dreamers: Gatsby is too busy attempting to recreate the past, unaware of what is happening around him; Tom lies and escapes censure for his indiscretions, and Daisy constantly seeks the security of comfort and wealth while remaining amoral and apathetic. Returning to the United States after the war, Gatsby clandestinely hopes for a reacquaintance with Daisy, and his intense love towards her led him to get involved in stealthy illegal actions without any hesitation. Immersed in the time where he “felt married to her [Daisy]” (p149), he effortlessly…show more content…
The frequent party he hosts over at his house was somewhat intentional, envisioning that one day, Daisy will attend. He starts to become oblivious and act “like a little boy” (p88) just as Daisy suggests, since he attempts to “fix everything just the way it was before” (p110) despite Nick’s realistic warning that he “can’t repeat the past” (p110). The difference in the social class between Daisy and him does not seem to interrupt his overly optimistic attitude to make his dream come true, that he take some irresponsible actions by getting involved in bootlegging. Gatsby’s respectful behavior towards Meyer Wolfsheim when introducing him to Nick suggests the fact, as well as when Tom states that Gatsby and

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