Gatsby American Dream Failure

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Who am I to define what the American Dream is? It is different for everyone. However, I do believe that it is some variation of the idea that if you work hard, you will be successful. Even though F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has a lot to do with the idea of the “American Dream”, I feel that the book speaks more about whether or not someone can actually achieve their dreams in America. Fitzgerald’s classist picture of America gives a grim example of what is possible for people in America to achieve. In the book, the American dream, which so many people have immigrated to America for is not shown as becoming successful from hard work. Fitzgerald does not ignore the fact that hard work can lead to success, but he shows that a person’s…show more content…
Tom Buchanan’s life of riches and high status made him an unconcerned and impulsive person who is unable to reach, or even have dreams because he never had to imagine one or work towards it because they were already set for him by his aristocratic social class. At dinner one night in East Egg at the Buchanan’s house, while describing Tom and the pseudosciences he believes in, Nick says “there was something pathetic in his concentration as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him anymore.” (page 28). If Tom had actually had to work for the life he lives, had he actually been the one to imagine his own dream, he would have the ability to work hard to make a life that he likes for himself. But Tom’s aristocratic upbringing deprives him of the skill-set that he could use to grow personally. Tom’s predestined and planned life results in his disinterested self-satisfaction because he never had to work hard in order to be something more than he already is. Since his dreams have always had to fall in line with the
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