The American Dream In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” A quote from the novel, “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In other words society tends to pick on others who are less fortunate but never really realize what their actions can cause. Just like the novel, the article “Frank Abagnale” written by a CommonLit Staff, talks about the life story of a man who lived by deceiving people. Same goes for the article “Keeping Up With The Joneses”, society views the ultimate way of life is to climb up the social ladder by being the best at all cost. To some people having a dream is nothing out of the ordinary but to others it is the ultimate, it is the American dream, throughout the novel, “The Great Gatsby” and the articles, “Frank Abagnale” and…show more content…
The article talked about how the phrase is used to urge the society, especially the lower class to keep up the upper class and join the elite. By buying unnecessary goods and competing to their next door neighbor. The article commented that, “The family started hosting elaborate parties and made a list of four-hundred elite members of society to invite” (Staff 1). The Joneses family built their wealth on the New York bank and lived an elaborate style, buying a huge mansion and throwing huge parties in which was the creation of the “Four-Hundred List.” The term pressured the lower class to compare themselves and gone to be a materialistic society, where everything was about the superficial goods. Unlike the Joneses, Gatsby lived by ‘winning” his own money for his own goal, idelly not caring what others think. However he threw elaborate parties like the Joneses to only catch attention of one person not a whole community. As for Abagnale, he was not the type to compare himself to his neighbors but instead to live a good life on his
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