The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s was an era when everyone wanted to achieve the American dream, but that didn’t always mean reaching happiness. The novel “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald relates to the roaring twenties and the American dream. In the Great Gastby, the American dream portrays the idea that if you work hard you will earn lots of money. Nick Carraway narrates the novel, and he learns about the main characters Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gastby, and George and Myrtle Wilson as the novel progresses. Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby successfully reaches the American dream, which leads to him having an unrealistic faith that money can buy happiness and bring back the Daisy he recalls from his memories. Throughout his history, Gatsby was known for throwing the most extravagant parties. Jay Gastby is introduced into the novel when Nick Carraway mentions that he lives in West Egg to Jordan Baker at the Buchanan house. Jordan Baker mentions, “You live in West Egg” she marked contemptuously. “I know somebody there”… “You must know Gatsby.” “Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?” (Fitzgerald, 16). Not having seen Gatsby in years, brought surprise when Daisy had heard his name. When Nick had been first invited to Gatsby’s party he…show more content…
Gatsby, being raised from a poor family, and learning how to live his life from Dan Cody made him want to be successful in life. Working in the military led to a positive change in Gatsby’s life because he had met Daisy. The only negative of Gatsby’s life was that he let being rich get to his head, and made assumptions that his money could bring Daisy back into his life. Gatsby may have fallen in love with Daisy and have had a lot of money, but that wasn’t enough for Gatsby and Daisy to be together
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