The Great Gatsby American Dream Failure

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The American Dream is where anyone can rise to the top with hard work and make it a reality. However, a rich and wealthy man named Jay Gatsby, who known for throwing lavish parties attempts to rekindle an unrequited love. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby states “Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men”( Fitzgerald 6). Although Gatsby reaches wealth and fortunate along with the American dream, holding on to the past becomes his downfall. While Gatsby seems to transform his dreams into reality and that money can buy you anything, even love. According to Fredrick C. Millet’s article’ Symbols in The…show more content…
9). Gatsby rises to glory achieving both power and wealth is nothing more than a man desperate for love. He creates an image of himself to impress a woman with his new found wealth. However, despite his extravagant lifestyle, Gatsby is dissatisfied, and Nick finds out why. Nick Carraway, who serves as the narrator moves to West Egg next to a young and mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby.When Nick returns home from visiting his cousin Daisy one evening, he discovers his neighbor Gatsby standing alone in the shadows near a strange green light far off the docks. Millet points out “ in our first acquaintance with the light, we see Gatsby reaching out for it, almost, in way worshipping it. we find out later that this green light is at the end of Daisy’s dock, and is a symbol for Gatsby’s dream and the hope for the future”( Millett par .3). The strange green light across the bay symbolizes a goal or quest that he can almost reach out and touch. He purchases a big mansion in West Egg across the bay from Daisy so he can be near her. Gatsby dreams of a future with Daisy, but this proves to be impossible because the past cannot repeat
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