F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is defined as the idea that all citizens of the United States of America are able to have an equal chance to gain success, and to prosper through hard work and determination. The American Dream is the driving force of evolution in humanity. It allows the aspiration of being able to do astonishing things, and proffers them prosperity in life. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald delves into the American Dream and it’s demise. Fitzgerald focuses on the character of Jay Gatsby to materialize the false image that the American Dream created in the 1920’s. Gatsby is the protagonist of the novel, and is famous for throwing massive parties regardless of the secret life that he lives. The narrator, Nick Carraway, dives into Jay Gatsby’s life and the vision of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the American Dream leads to his death. The American Dream has always been alive in the eyes of James Gatz. James Gatz is Jay Gatsby’s real name that he left behind him in search for a better life. Gatz is the son of two farmers from the midwest, who are dirt poor. Gatz found work with a man named Dan Cody after saving his life aboard Cody’s yacht. When Dan Cody died, his wife cheated Gatsby out of his inheritance and he was once again poor, but educated. Gatsby then goes on to fight in the war after meeting the love of his life, Daisy Fay (better known as Daisy Buchanan). Fitzgerald’s focus on James Gatz appears in the book, as Nick Carraway discovers the…
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