The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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It is human nature to long for the past. This feeling of nostalgia gives one the illusion, or idea, that the past is a greater and happier time than the present. For some, such as Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the yearning for the past filled with flourishing dreams and ideals is strong enough for them to strive to repeat it. Jay Gatsby’s idealism of the American dream lies in the past with Daisy. To have Daisy’s love is to have her wealth and the possibility of being able to achieve anything. However, in the end, Gatsby’s pursuit is impossible because it is the money he wishes to gain that corrupts the purity of his ideal. Similar to the flaw in Gatsby’s dream, the process of gaining wealth to achieve the American dream sets one away from the clarity of the dream and into the filthy exploitation of money.
Long before Gatsby meets Daisy, it is clear that Gatsby’s real life dissatisfies him to the extent in which he creates a fake life, one that will edge him closer to accomplishing the American dream of the chances of great prosperity. For instance, as a boy, he had a schedule and general resolves, which included “practice elocution, poise and how to attain it” and “read one improving book or magazine per week” (173). This illustrates Gatsby’s early desire to improve himself as a person and transform into his ideal of a man with class and social grace, an ideal that he never lets go of. The reader sees that from the start Gatsby has never approved

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