Explain The Destruction Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates the deconstruction of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby as the Dream loses its true meaning. Fitzgerald portrays the demise of the American Dream through Gatsby’s pursuit of his dream. Gatsby’s dream will never come to fruition due to the corruption of his dream and himself. His entire dream is based on the seemingly pure Daisy Buchanan. Once he practically has Daisy in his grasps, there are “moments…when Daisy [tumbles] short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusions” (95). Gatsby idealizes Daisy, causing his dream to be based on an idea instead of reality. As a result, Daisy corrupts Gatsby’s dreams with unbridled materialism and self-interest. She becomes his main drive to…show more content…
Gatsby’s dream becomes more focused on materialistic values, causing him to buy fine English shirts, a huge mansion, and flashy cars to impress Daisy who eventually disappoints and rejects him. Though driven by love, Gatsby’s aspirations retrogress into a quest for money. Moreover, Gatsby uses criminal methods in order to become wealthy. When confronting Gatsby in New York, Tom says, “[Gatsby] and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” (134). By using criminal means to reach his goal, Gatsby reveals the impossibility to reach the American Dream through honest methods. Not everyone is able to achieve a financially stable situation. In addition, his criminal dealings corrupts Gatsby himself. He becomes a capitalist who will use unscrupulous methods to make money. Nevertheless, his

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