The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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A popular phrase that is commonly asked among Americans is,“What is your American Dream?” While some people might want wealth and fortune, others could say to be happy and have a loving relationship would be more beneficial. In the 1920s, many people strive to obtain the American Dream. To achieve the American Dream, whatever this dream might be, was the goal in the 20’s and still is today. Throughout the Great Gatsby many individual American Dreams were achieved, yet all were vastly different. While Gatsby obtained his American Dream of becoming wealthy, like Dan Cody, Nick got his American Dream by wanting to make something of his life. For Nick, having a true friend like Gatsby was more important than the wealth and fortune, what most bachelors wanted at that time. While each and every American Dream is unique; the American Dream is the pursuit of the individual and what the individual wants to achieve.…show more content…
When Gatsby is first introduced to wealth by Dan Cody, that’s when he knew he wanted to have it all. “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 104). Gatsby knew there was a better life out there for him, and when Dan Cody showed him this way of living he was content on making this his lifestyle. “A few days later he took him to Duluth and bought him a blue coat, six pair of white duck trousers and a yachting cap” (Fitzgerald 106). When Gatsby was experienced to this type of lifestyle, how could he go back to the dirt poor life he was living before? Gatsby made it his mission to make certain everyone knew who he was, because he wanted Daisy to find him. Everyone knew who Gatsby was within a number of days. Gatsby’s name was in all of the Newspapers, and a common household name. Just like that Gatsby was living his American
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