The Evolution of the American Dream: The Great Gatsby by F. Scoot Fitzgerald

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The Evolution of the American Dream
The American dream is easily the greatest of any American tragedy. Once one of the most noble and sought after ideas, now only a simple idea cast aside by differing virtuosos in differing professions.
“And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dream”(Fitzgerald.9) This shows that people who once came to this land, sought a lifestyle that is no longer available to many people today. They had adventure, and could go anywhere they wanted, and life was simple. The Great Gatsby shows that this once pristine and beautiful wonderland, has turned into a disgusting and industrialized country.
There were many people and groups that tried to stop this destruction of nature, and also tried to educate people about nature. The transcendentalists, the transcendentalists were a group of people who sought to reconnect with nature. They shunned the factories and cities of the industrial world, and instead sought what few people sought during those times, which was nature.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”(Emerson .3) Emerson was one of the leading transcendentalists, and he…