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Examples Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Living the American Dream is what most people classify as living a good and wealthy life. On the outside, people with successful lives seem to have their money come easily to them, but when you take a closer look, it is not always like that. Everyone’s dream could be different, but what truly happens after you achieve your American Dream? In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American Dream overpowers many of the characters. my first example is what motivated people to achieve their American Dream. “Almost every adult who has lived in the United States understands the elusive concept of the American Dream- one can be wealthy if one works hard.” (Adamson 21). The American Dream gave people the motivation to pick themselves up and have a better life, not only for them but for their families, but it also gave them the money to spend on nice clothes and things to use for parties. Gatsby’s version of the American Dream was that he would live a happy life with Daisy as his wife. Everything Jay Gatsby did was to get Daisy to be his again. The green light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock was symbolic to Gatsby. “One example is the green light that symbolizes Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for a life with Daisy” (Enotes). He threw parties to see if she would come. Gatsby would let random strangers into his house, hoping one of his parties would bring Daisy. She did attend one party, and her and Gatsby talked under a tree, so they were nowhere to be found at the actual party,
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