F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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When people think of the American Dream, they may think of glam and fame and a beach house on the coast. The American Dream is more or less a fantasy in which the dreamer achieves fortune and riches with their work (or lack thereof). People want to get rich quick, and they want to have everything they have ever wanted handed to them on a silver platter. The twenties in America, commonly known as the “Roaring Twenties,” were a prosperous time, and many people realized their own version of the American Dream during this period. The American Dream is one that many people want to achieve. However, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates his true feelings about the American Dream in his classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Many characters in this story, such as Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, and Jordan Baker, found riches and happiness in materialistic things and people throughout this novel. This is the stereotypical American Dream that is associated with the twenties. In Fitzgerald’s eyes, the American Dream is dead, because no matter how happy a person seems to be or how much money they have in their bank account, misery is just around the corner. Firstly, the main character and narrator of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, had his own version of the American Dream. He “… wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever” (Fitzgerald 2). Nick came from a well-to-do family, who were farmers that own a wholesale hardware store. Although Nick travels to the
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