The American Dream : The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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1. How does Fitzgerald relate Gatsby’s dream to the American Dream? What seems to be his message about the American Dream as expressed in the last two paragraphs of the novel? The American Dream expresses the idea that every citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success through hard work, determination, and initiative. Gatsby conveys courage, determination, and perseverance in his attempt to achieve his dreams to be with Daisy, to attain wealth, and uphold a high status in the community. “Her voice is full of money” (page 120), this quote ties to the desire of wealth and a high social status. People are proud of their success and like to showcase it off as much as possible. The message about the American Dream expresses that there will always be an infinite green light to strive for in life. After accomplishing one dream there is always a new one following shortly. 2. What does the novel say about materialism? What, if any, are the similarities between the 1920s American society and the 21st Century American society with regard to materialism? Materialism is the tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort more important than spiritual values. “I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything” (page 17). Daisy says this to brag about her lavish life style to Nick and Miss Baker. This makes her personality sound very conceited and stuck up. She is absorbed in the materialistic way of living. The motivations of the characters all revolve around money and riches. This is extremely similar to how we live in the 21st century. The American society today is always aiming to have the nicest cars, houses, and the newest and most up to date possessions. People like to show off their wealth by expressing it through possessions and bragging. 3. Some critics suggest that although Gatsby is the principal figure in the action of the novel, Nick is the most significant character because of his moral development. Exactly what does Nick learn from his experiences in the East? Nick realizes from his experiences that people in East Egg are very fake and absentminded. Tom and Daisy are perfect examples of this kind of lifestyle. They are very self-centered and express no sympathy

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