The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Essay

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The American Dream is basically known as the person coming from a different country so he/she can make a lot of money, and also have the perfect family to go with the high paying job. The American dream can also about having a better and/or perfect life than they originally had. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we learn about the American dream from the different characters. Throughout the novel, the reader discovers how futile it is to achieve the American dream. There are many different ways that The Great Gatsby shows the American dream. One way that the book shows the dream is that Tom Buchanan is born in the dream. Such as when Nick narrates,”His family were enormously wealthy…” (Fitzgerald 6), we learn that obviously Tom didn’t have to work for his wealth. One of the American dream is to have money or earn lots of it to provide for your family. But for Tom, his “American dream” is Daisy because she is his most prized possession. Nick Carraway is also an example of the dream.…show more content…
Such as George Wilson and an example is,”I’ve been here too long. I want to get away. My wife and I want to go West…. She’s been talking about it for ten years.” (Fitzgerald 123). George’s dream is that he wants to leave with his wife. He can accomplish this dream with the help of Tom. But soon his dream does not come true when Myrtle was struck and killed by Daisy in Gatsby’s car. This soon became unbearable for Wilson to handle and soon he took his own life. Then there is Myrtle, who wanted to be a part of the upper class by having an affair with Tom. The reader learns what Myrtle and Tom really think, such as when Catherine says,”’Neither of them can stand the person they’re married to.’” (Fitzgerald 33). Myrtle realizes that Tom is her dream. Tom is he way to having the dream of being a part of the upper class. Myrtle can’t stand Daisy because Daisy is standing in the way of her

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