The Corruption Of The American Dream

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AJ Wilkinson Alicia Maggert English Honors III 09 April 2017 The Corruption of the American Dream F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the American Dream as a set of goals that included freedom, settlement, and an honest life with the possibility of social and economic success earned through hard work, but was corrupted and degraded by the egotistical materialism of the 1920s. Fitzgerald, in The Great Gatsby, aims to discredit the supposed purity of the American Dream and belief that anyone can attain it through hard work. Instead, he argues that the dream is a delusion, altered so significantly from its original form. Its pursuers seek for and achieve nothing more than the hoarding of hollow material goods and empty pleasure. Fitzgerald…show more content…
People who are upper class are the ones that have money, power, drive the fancy cars, and have the nice houses. Myrtle can only dream to be one of these people, and her desire to be apart of the upper class of society causes destruction, and destroys Myrtle in the end. It is later found that Daisy was the one that hits Myrtle with her car. It is ironic that Daisy was the one that kills Myrtle, since she was having an affair with Daisy’s husband, Tom. This shows how the desire for a luxurious life and having the American dream, only caused destruction in this novel and destroyed someone’s life. The ambition for something has thrown Gatsby over the edge. His love and chase for Daisy had taken over his whole life. He feels that he has live up to the American dream to accomplish what he truly dreams for, which is Daisy. While Gatsby was away fighting in the war, Daisy met Tom and married him. Daisy had always been rich and Gatsby thought that in order to get Daisy back, he needs to have money so that he would be able to give Daisy anything she wanted. There was a green light where Daisy lived that Gatsby would always look out to. The green light has a significant part in the novel and fairly good meaning behind it. It becomes apparent that this green light it not Daisy, but a symbol representing Gatsby’s dream of having Daisy. The fact the Daisy falls short of Gatsby’s expectations is obvious.
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