The American Dream Analyzed in the Great Gatsby Essay

762 Words Apr 15th, 2001 4 Pages
The Great Gatsby:
The American Dream

"Their love is founded upon feelings from the past, these give it, notwithstanding Gatsby's insistence on being able to repeat the past, an inviolability. It exists in the world of money and corruption but is not of it."

The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the demise of those who attempt to capture its false goals. For Jay, the dream is that, through wealth and power, one can obtain happiness. To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power.
Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the story, is a character who longs for the past. He devotes most of his
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Nick attempts to show Gatsby the flaw of his dream, but Gatsby innocently replies to Nick's statement that the past cannot be relived by saying, "Can't repeat the past?…Why of course you can!" This shows the confidence that Gatsby has in reviving his relationship with Daisy. Gatsby's American Dream is not material possessions, although it may seem that way. He only comes into riches so that he can fulfill his true dream, Daisy. Gatsby's personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want.
Gatsby won't rest until his dream is finally lived. However, it never comes about and he ends up paying the ultimate price for it. The idea of the American Dream has come to be focused on simple, yet somewhat unattainable things such as wealth, love, or fame. There is one thing that never changes about the American Dream; everyone desires something in life, and everyone, somehow, strives to get it.
A big house, nice cars, kids, a dog, a beautiful devoted spouse, power and a ridiculous amount of money. That is the classical American Dream, at least for some. The American Dream is tangible perfection while in reality perfection does not exist. Living the American Dream is living in perfection, which is truly impossible. Fitzgerald proves that the wonderful American Dream is unattainable through the novel The Great Gatsby by using vain, yet amusing characters.
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