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American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is like a beautiful yet poisonous mushroom. Its colorful appearance lures humans and animals to consume it, but the outcome results in death if left untreated. The American Dream lures people into thinking that their dream and their social class can be changed with hard work and determination. However, the results are deadly in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald with all that tried. Through the use of imagery, Fitzgerald characterizes Jay Gatsby as ambitious, naive, and selfish, demonstrating how time and a corrupt, rigid and selfish society contributes to the non-existence of the American Dream.
Jay Gatsby is characterized as ambitious to show the corruption of the American Dream and social class. At the very beginning, Gatsby reached his arms seaward to”a single green light, minute and far away” (26). But when Nick looked for Gatsby once more, “he had vanished” (26). Green symbolizes money and life. Since Gatsby’s American Dream is to have a life with Daisy and be rich, the green light can also represent the American Dream of Gatsby. Gatsby is trying to reach for the light, but lightwaves are ungraspable. It is not a physical object that can be grabbed whenever and wherever. The inability to physically grab the light symbolizes the inability of Gatsby to achieve his American Dream. Although Gatsby could not grab the light, he is still trying to, showing his ambitions to achieve his American Dream. The word “minute” in this context meant in an
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