The American Dream : The Great Gatsby Essay

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Tamera Fox Enc 1102 Professor Himmel November 21, 2016 The American Dream: The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story on the surface, but its most commonly understood as a suspicious critic of the American Dream. In the novel Jay Gatsby overcomes his poor past to gain an incredible amount of money and a limited amount of social cache of in the 1920s NYC, only to be rejected by the “old money” crowd. The focus of my paper would be the pathway towards the American Dream and how it affects the person and others around. The American dream affects not only one person, but also those who linger around them (near or far). This dream is represented by the ideas of a self-sufficient man or woman, who works hard to achieve a goal to become successful. By having money, a car, a big house mice clothes with a big loving family symbolizes the American Dream. This dream can also represent that people, can become successful in life by their own work. The aspiration to strive for what one wants can be accomplished if they work hard enough. This text written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, depicts the American dream as an un-wealthy individual who works effortlessly towards wealth and fame. The Great Gatsby is a novel that displays the events that took place in the American Dream in the 1920s, where in the timeframe dreams became corrupted for many unforeseen reasoning. Fitzgerald uses symbolism to amplify the story’s themes and characters, as well as a specific purpose and

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