F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Ever since Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and introduced Europeans to the Americas, people have flocked to the United States in order to fulfill the “American Dream.” Each person has their own interpretation of the American Dream, but to most, it simply means rising from humble beginnings to great success through hard work and determination. Benjamin Franklin, a great American leader, pursued the American Dream through the creation of his “13 Moral Virtues.” Like Benjamin Franklin, Jay Gatsby, the main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, created his own list of virtues as a child that he believed would make him successful if done correctly. This list contains items that overlap many of the ideas Benjamin Franklin considered necessary to accomplish the American Dream. However, did Gatsby follow this list strictly enough to have accomplished the American Dream? Gatsby fell short and missed the mark of Benjamin Franklin’s idea of successfully accomplishing the “American Dream” because he did not follow the basic virtues of frugality, moderation, tranquility and chastity. Gatsby stumbles on his way to accomplishing the American Dream by failing to live out the virtue of frugality. Benjamin Franklin interpreted frugality to mean, simply stated, “make no expense but to do good to others or yourself” (Franklin 266). In his childhood years, Gatsby himself vowed to live by this virtue by including in his simple list of resolutions to save money
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