F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the American Dream

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Jay Gatsby is a man with a dream and will stop at nothing to attain it. When he loses the love of his life to a wealthy, sophisticated and bigoted socialite, his mind is set. Born a poor farm boy, he centers his life around achieving extraordinarily vast amounts of wealth and great social status. The poor man never gets the girl; in fact, he never gets anything in Gatsby's eyes. Gatsby is determined not only to be rich, but become the richest man who ever lived. When he does become the richest man who ever lived, he wants to become the ultimate ruler of the universe. Gatsby wants to be God. Nick Carraway, his laid-back and observant neighbor, despises Gatsby's flamboyant and exaggerated ways. However, he comes to admire Gatsby…show more content…
He proclaims himself to be "God's-son". Yet this title is not a description of his newfound greatness but merely the fabricated image he attempts to impose upon others. Gatsby is not the suave and sophisticated man he wants to be. He mannerisms are awkward and unnatural. When he speaks of his Oxford education, his words become hurried phrases, or he "swallowed it, or choked on it as though it had bothered him... with this doubt his whole statement fell to pieces" as if his education wasn't even meant to be. Gatsby is hardly what one would call urbane. Furthermore, Carraway notices that Gatsby's movements seem practiced and calculated. Gatsby is forcing himself to be someone he's not and will pay the consequences. When he is waiting for his first "chance" encounter with Daisy, he becomes nervous and fidgety. When she finally arrives, he is once upon at his awkward and clumsy best: "Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure of his head, whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in place." Years of practice did little to help Gatsby be truly liked by people. In one of the more uncomfortable scenes in the novel, Gatsby is waiting to be invited along to supper with the Sloanes. Mr. Sloane and Tom, however, don't want Gatsby to go. Gatsby stands there awkwardly, waiting for his invitation. When finally, he feels sure that he's been invited, he goes inside to get his things. "Tell him we
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