The Fault In The American Dream In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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The Fault in the American Dream
Have you ever wished you could turn back time? You might have wanted to change a choice you made, worked harder for what you wanted, or crave to love someone a little more. Throughout the novel, the immature behavior and thoughtless choices made by characters caused havoc throughout their lives. One of the thoughtless choices that occurred in the novel was Daisy’s decision to get behind the wheel, when she was anxious. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the idea of achieving the American Dream caused a lot of problems for several characters.
The first example of the American Dream causing problems is with the characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is trying to recreate or relive his past with Daisy, but she’s moved on with her life. The following autumn after Gatsby had left for war, and Daisy had ended things with him, Daisy seemed very happy. “In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before” (Fitzgerald 75) Daisy had moved on from Jay Gatsby in one of the most obvious ways, which was by marrying a different man. “He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then..” (Fitzgerald 110). This quote refers back to Nick’s thoughts about Gatsby still wanting to be with Daisy, since in a way, she took something of him.

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