The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Essay

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

The American Dream is the fantasy of complete independence and self-reliance mixed with the opportunity to attain wealth through one's labours. On the surface, this dream seems almost enchanted, offering people the unique prospect of achieving success regardless of one's race, religion or family history. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an immortal illustration of the American Dream. Fitzgerald analyses the 1920s and expresses ideas of the American Dream being distorted from a pure ideal of security into an idea of materialistic power. Fitzgerald incorporates the aspects of both the old dream and the new dream in his tragic story to
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Gatsby's desire to win Daisy's love is relevant to his version of the American dream. His desire for Daisy symbolizes the basis of the old dream as it is an incredible goal and a constant search for the opportunity to reach this goal. This is shown when Gatsby is first introduced into the novel. "He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing, except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock". The green light that Gatsby reaches out for symbolizes his longing, his desire for Daisy, for money, for acceptance and no matter how much he has, he never feels complete. This green light is part of the American Dream. It symbolizes our constant searching for a way to reach that goal, long in the distance, as Nick described it. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us".

Gatsby's goal gave him a purpose in life, which sets him apart for the rest of the upper class. He is constantly chasing his dream of being with Daisy, from the moment he stretches towards her house, to his final days of life when he patiently waits for hours outside her house even though shed has already abandoned her affair with him. Gatsby is a man who
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