The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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It’s all about money
Seeing something beautiful that will make one’s life much better makes a person insane in trying to get that thing for himself. In the 1920s, poor people would do whatever it needs to achieve their American Dream even if it was something terrible. That’s because they want to end their misery of living poor and live the life that they always wished. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the author uses the fact of Daisy marrying Tom because of his money while she loves Gatsby, Myrtle cheating on her husband with Tom looking to be rich, and Wilson starting his own little business looking for wealth, to show how the American Dream is impossible because it is based off of greed.
Daisy marrying Tom because of his money while her heart is with Gatsby proves that money means everything for Daisy. This is shown in the following quote, “She began to cry – she cried and cried. She wouldn’t let go of the letter. She took it into the tub with her and squeezed it up into a wet ball, and only let me leave it in the soap-dish when she saw that it was coming to pieces like snow…When we walked out of the room, the pearls were around her nick and the incident was over. Next day _ she married Tom Buchanan without as much as a shiver” (pg. 76). This quote shows that Daisy really loves Gatsby, but her love for money made her ignore her love towards Gatsby, and marry a rich man so she gets whatever she wants. Also if Daisy didn’t care as much for money, she would have

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