The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was one that was highly centralized around the American Dream. The American Dream is the belief that anyone can become successful in America if they worked hard enough. The dream did not discriminate anyone and that is why many people worked towards it. In the novel, it shows that not everyone was living the American Dream but were separated by the social classes of wealth, race, and intelligence. The 1920s in America was a roaring time of extremes. There were people who were wealthy, were extremely wealthy while on the other side of the spectrum, the people were in poverty. The wealthy class living in that time period believed they were on a different level from the…show more content…
The better off lived a very different lifestyle because they had everything they ever needed and no longer needed to work for the American Dream. On the other side of wealth lived the poor or middle class. The two groups of people still struggled during the roaring twenties but still had the same dream of making it big in America. “My own house was an eyesore, but is was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires. ” (Fitzgerald). Even though Nick Carraway was not rich nor poor, he still faced the judgements of society in every way such as the way he lived. The poor or middle class were often not seen and ignored by the rich in that time period and they were often forced to look upon the rich and dream that one day that lifestyle could be theirs. “You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy” (Fitzgerald). The class of wealth did not have the access to a better education or lifestyle. Unlike Nick, Daisy and Tom Buchanan were raised ‘'with class’ and that was drastically different from what he was used to in his past. “The interior was unprosperous and bare; the only car visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner” (Fitzgerald). Whenever they mentioned the poor in the novel, they used negative adjectives to make it seem like the people were struggling to keep up. Those
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