American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream has various implications for diverse individuals. For some people, the concept implies that one can accomplish his or her objectives and goals through living this dream. To others, it provides a beacon of hope, as an open door that individuals desperately desire to enter in pursuit of opportunities. The Americans after World War I, boosted by the emotions of the war, had an uncontrollable vigor about accomplishing and displaying an extravagant way of life and achieving a high social position. The people of America considered bliss to be embedded inside the American Dream and without that, life would be without pleasure and thus without meaning. The novel The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, provides a sight of the…show more content…
She is not only attracted to Tom’s appearance but also and more importantly to his wealth. For Myrtle, Tom is the ideal personification and advertisement of the American Dream. Myrtle is considered to be a denizen of the lower class because she cannot dress in the trappings of wealth. Therefore, she participates in a marital affair with Tom to claw herself to an upper-class status. Ernest Lockridge says, “Myrtle’s desire to escape her social class is made possible by her connection with Tom, Myrtle will not stay in her place, the valley of ashes rises against the East Egg” [Lockridge, 170]. She acknowledges that she is not part of the upper class, yet hopes through association with Tom she can be labeled as such. Moreover, her pursuit of the American Dream places all her hope in material items and she fails to emphasize the importance of the values behind the concept. It is her demand for a luxurious life and pursuing the American Dream that led to Myrtle’s demise, exemplifying how the pursuit of the American Dream as depicted by Fitzgerald causes destruction. Daisy is The Great Gatsby’s most mysterious and the most disappointing character. Although Fitzgerald does attempt to make her character worthy of Gatsby’s devotion, at the end of the novel, she reveals her mercenary interior. Despite her beauty and charm, as Nick Carraway describes her “Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth – but there
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