The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby In the 1920’s, the American Dream was something that was desired by everyone, but in most cases everyone’s “dream” was different from one another. How I see the American Dream, is the perfect life you want. It’s the life that you see that is sometimes hard, or impossible to achieve . In the book The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald views the American Dream as not always about money. In the book, some of the characters´ American Dream was just to be happy with a significant other. Overall, the American Dream reflects on a person's status in economics, which can affects their emotional standpoint. Tom is a person that came from a wealthy family and he had a great childhood. When he got older he was also a very successful man. As he was described in The Great Gatsby “Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body—he seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained the top lacing and you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body. “(1.19) You would think since he was on the very top on the economic side and had great things in his life, he would have had a perfect life and everything
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