The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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Gabriel Torres Mrs. Heffelman English 11 September 26, 2017 The American Dream can mean a lot of different things depending on who is asked. Some will answer that it is the freedom of religion or the ability to move between class. Others define it as the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. For Jay Gatsby and many others, the American Dream is about gaining wealth and material possessions in the attempt to find happiness. Through his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses characterization to illuminate what happened to the American Dream in the 1920’s, which is a time period when the dreams became corrupted for many…show more content…
Perhaps if Myrtle didn’t have a corrupt dream fueled by greed, she might have lived to see another day and maybe even made it big next to her husband’s side. In addition, Daisy was also affected by a corrupted dream. She chased the ideal of wealth before happiness. Throughout the novel Tom and Daisy’s relationship is not the most ideal or happy relationship. Daisy became aware that Tom was abusive towards her, and does not seem to care much about her. Daisy thinks she has everything, wealth, love, and happiness which all tie into the American dream, but she then discovers that she can have something that is better, Gatsby. When Daisy was reunited with Gatsby she broke down and began to cry. “They’re such beautiful shirts, it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald 91). At this time Daisy realizes that she married for money and not for love. She figures out that she could have married for wealth and love if she had married Gatsby instead of Tom. Daisy, by definition was a golddigger. Because Daisy had a corrupt American Dream that valued wealth before happiness, Daisy missed out on a relationship that offered wealth and love with Gatsby. Furthermore, surprisingly Gatsby also had a corrupt and ultimately destructive American Dream. The green light is significant in this novel. This green light is not Daisy, but a symbol representing Gatsby’s dream of having Daisy. One can see that no matter how hard Gatsby tried to live his
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