Examples Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Darling Garcia
Mr. Blackstone
English 11- Period 6
October 20, 2017
The American Dream is not obtainable for Everyone. The American Dream is not achievable for everybody and regardless of opportunities, someone is always struggling. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the author uses characters to show his position in achieving the American Dream. Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson, and Tom Buchanan have a different idea of what the American Dream is. Fitzgerald reveals how people are not equal and that discrimination exists causing the American Dream to not be achievable for every person.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the author shows how Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Wilson struggle in their lives due to them being poor and living in the Ashes of Valley, where the people do not have much money and people have to work for what they have. Both characters seem to be happy but Mr. Wilson wishes he could have money to make his wife happy and to be in the same social class as the other characters in the book that live on the West side of New York. George Wilson is a hard working man that lives in a garage where he does dirty work and everything is greasy and disgusting. Mrs. Wilson wishes she would have a better, cleaner life. Fitzgerald shows Myrtle as a woman who is interested in money and how she falls in love with Tom Buchanan because of the way he looks: “ he had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn't keep my eyes off him” (Fitzgerald 36). She

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