The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Everyone in America has a set goal, this goal is the American dream. Many different people see this American dream in a different way. The American dream is something that any American, it doesn't matter what your race is, or nationality, etc, thinks that they have to achieve to be able to live a happy life and always be satisfied. In the 1920s a story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is focused on the American dream. The dream is expressed through who you love, how much money a person has, and where you fit into the social status.

During the 1920s love was a big part of the American Dream, most of the women in the 1920s would usually try and marry into money, regardless if she loved them or not. Myrtle Wilson is a good example. Myrtle is Tom Buchanan's mistress in The Great Gatsby, she is married to George Wilson. When Nick meets Myrtle they were talking about why she is not happy with George. In the story it states “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman, she said finally. ‘I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe” (Fitzgerald, 39). Myrtle says that she thought George was a gentleman when they first met but then she says that he wasn't fit to lick her shoe, and in the story Tom is not much of a gentleman either but Tom has a lot more money than George will most likely ever have. Later in the book it states “The only crazy i was when i married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed
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