Analyzing the American Dream

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Fitzgerald demonstrates flashback through Jay Gatsby by associating him to self-identity and the American dream. The American Dream is known as a personal happiness and comforted by material things. Gatsby’s goal was to gain respect, to have a known reputation of wealth. He filled his days with big festive parties. Gatsby’s identity was once hidden, in his young days Gatsby did not know what he wanted to accomplish. When he was a teen he met a man named Dan Cody. He made Gatsby the man he became; he told him how to dress, and how to approach people. He taught Gatsby everything that he knew. Gatsby wasn’t looking to have a good time; he was looking for his true love, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby dream would soon turn into a nightmare. Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896. Fitzgerald was brought up in St. Paul Minnesota. Even though he was an intelligent student, he did very poorly in school. He was sent to boarding school in 1911, he was an average student while attended boarding school, but he managed to get accepted into Princeton. He never graduated from Princeton, but he enlisted in the Army in 1917. In the army he made Second lieutenant, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, in Montgomery, Alabama. While he was there, he met Zelda Sayre, falling in love with her. She was seventeen years old, after a while Zelda agreed to marry him. Her powering desires for wealth and leisure led to the delaying of their wedding. She wasn’t going to marry him until he could

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