Analysis Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is one of the most prevalent themes in The Great Gatsby. It is essentially the belief that, regardless of social class, anyone can become wealthy and famous. In the novel, Jay Gatsby attempts to reunify with Daisy Buchanan by achieving great wealth, but he fails and dies having been unsuccessful in his mission. Though it may appear to some that Gatsby, the main character of the novel, has achieved the American Dream, it turns out to be a massive illusion. When, following Gatsby’s death, the truth is revealed about him, his “friends” abandon him, and his funeral is sparsely attended. This is all intended to demonstrate that the American Dream is impossible for many to achieve, and is not what it is made out to be. If…show more content…
After Cody’s death, Gatsby dedicated himself towards being a rich man. He changed his name and his identity on the day he saved Cody, and his new goal was to achieve the American Dream. Despite Gatsby's poor childhood, he was able to become extremely wealthy. He lives in a large mansion and hosts massive parties, and claims that he has a background of wealth. This turns out to be a lie, as much of his wealth came through stealing. Gatsby finds that, even when working hard and not wasting time, it is still difficult to achieve what Dan Cody did. His want for money and recognition led him on a path of deceit, as he became a bootlegger during the era of prohibition, when the book takes place. Gatsby realizes that, as a person coming from a poor background, the easiest way to get rich is to beat the system - that is, to cheat the system. He felt that there was no way for him to achieve the American Dream without cheating the system. The main reason Gatsby got rich was as an attempt to convince Daisy Buchanan to ditch Tom Buchanan for him. There is a green light near the Buchanan’s mansion, which Gatsby links to the American Dream, and what his ultimate goal is. However, his plan fails, and following an intense sequence of events Gatsby is shot. His funeral is sparsely attended, and the partygoers fail to show up as well. At the end of the novel, the green light ceases to exist. The situation Gatsby found himself in when he moved to New
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