American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Critic Blake Hobby believes the American Dream can be achieved by a good work ethic, strong morals, and ambition. As enticing as that idea is, it is also not always the case. Success can also be attained through chance, luck, or even manipulation. This prevalent theme is often seen in the literary workings of the early 1900s. Authors show the ups and downs of the economy, strong family bonds, and the pursuit of a better life to help convey the experiences of the Americans from this time to people of present day. Some works coincide with Blake Hobby’s idea of the American Dream and how it is achieved, yet many works disprove his argument. Hobby’s definition of the American Dream is rejected through the decaying moral values from Daisy and Tom in The Great Gatsby and the economic inequality faced by the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to tell a superficial love story between a man and woman, but with a stronger underlying theme of the dying American Dream. Blake Hobby’s says that if one has strong morals, then success will be fully obtainable. In contrast to this, The Great Gatsby shows that one can have poor morals, make unethical decisions, and still achieve prosperity. The focus in this novel shifts from hard work and dreams to wealth and individual greed. Characters such as Daisy Buchanan, are completely selfish. Although Daisy is in love with Gatsby, she chooses to stay with her current husband Tom for his money. Daisy has ignored
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