The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The American Dream features not only wealth and prosperity but hard labor. When our society talks about the American Dream, everyone automatically assumes only the effortless part of it. The “American Dream” seems very nationalistic, some might have to achieve it in less than legal means. James Truslow Adams once declared that American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. Adams left out the side of gluttony and selfishness, the side of stepping on everyone to get ahead. People don't perceive it as a dream for everyone, rather a dream for themselves. Throughout the years people have argued that the american dream is dead- it has gotten harder and more challenging for people to reach. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the protagonist Jay Gatsby is the perfect representation of the “American Dream”, or so everyone thinks. When Gatsby, the overall idea of the american dream is murdered, did that mean the end of the dream? One philosopher ponders the death of the American Dream in Bookings magazine. Hence, while the American Dream had a long run, is it gone? In the beginning, Gatsby throws extravagant parties all throughout the summer. He flashes his wealth with his “Rolls Royce bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight…”(39). During the weekdays he had “crates of oranges and lemons arriving from a fruiterer in New York…”(39). At first glance, Gatsby seems to have it all. When Nick, the narrator, gets to befriend Gatsby, he sees what he does for a business, and the mobsters he worked with. Gatsby takes Nick into the city where they go to one of Gatsby's businesses, a bar hidden behind a barber shop. There, Nick meets Meyer Wolfsheim, a famous gambler who Gatsby happens to do business with. After talking with them for sometime Nick learns that Wolfsheim fixed the Word’s Series by “seeing an opportunity” (73). When asked why he wasn’t in jail for committing that crime, Gatsby simply stated that “they can’t get him, old sport. He’s a smart man” (73). Nick then pieces together that Gatsby achieved his wealth similarly to
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