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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of Jay Gatsby’s futile quest for Daisy Buchanan’s love. In this novel set in the 1920s, we learn that Gatsby and Daisy were once in love, but she let him go because his social status was inadequate. Ever since that moment, Gatsby dedicated his life to becoming rich and gaining a high social status so that he and Daisy could finally be together. The era in which the story is set is also an iconic historical period in America. During the 1920s, jazz was born, fashion was revolutionized, women gained socio-economic freedom, and the “American Dream”, the idea that every American should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative, became more coveted than ever. The American Dream is defined and reflected throughout the entire novel, especially in the character development and common personality trends. The appeal to this American Dream is the idea that you can start from the bottom and, with hard work and determination, you can climb your way up to the top. However, just like the 1920s itself, the American Dream was corrupt. Gatsby’s rise to the top is the embodiment of this corruption. At the beginning of the novel, we only learn what Gatsby wants everyone to know and think of him: he was once a poor young man who went to Oxford, worked hard and worked his way up to wealth and the upper class. However, as the story
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