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The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby’s American Dream
Will people do anything to achieve their American Dream? Some people will do anything to achieve their dream. They will lie, cheat, steal and will work hard. Some people think money can buy happiness and love. The extreme measure one might go to is immense to achieve their dream. The experiences which one might go through can lead to achieving their dream or having it fail. F. Scott Fitzgerald displays the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by trying to win back the dream girl, lavish lifestyle, and being wealthy.
In the first place, for Jay Gatsby’s dream was to win back Daisy, a girl from his past. “ ‘ I wouldn’t as too much of her,” I ventured. ‘You can’t repeat the past.’ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ He cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” (Fitzgerald 118). For many years, Gatsby had yearned for Daisy Buchanan. Daisy and he were once together however, the relationship ended when he was not wealthy enough for her. Jay Gatsby tried to bring the past back, the past for him was being together again with Daisy. Nick tries to tell him that he can not repeat the past, the past is in the past. Gatsby is strong headed and is not willing to give up. “Thus the American dream, whose superstitions valuation of the future began in the past, gives the green light through which alone the American returns his traditional roots, paradoxically retreating into the pattern of history while endeavoring to exploit the possibilities of the future”
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