The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had" (Fitzgerald 1). If the characters in this novel would have noted this, they would have realized all the great things they possessed and several lives would have been spared. The American Dream is defined as someone starting low on an economic or social level, and working hard towards prosperity, wealth and fame. By having money, a car, a big house, nice clothes and a happy family symbolizes the American Dream. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that shows what happened to the American Dream in the 1920’s, a time period where the dreams of many became corrupted for countless…show more content…
Not only does his new money bring him fame in West Egg, but many people talked highly of him. Nick tells the reader in chapter seven, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God” (98). But in reality, that is not what Gatsby desires. He instantly recalls how long he and Daisy had been apart. All of his money is not what made him truly pleased; his real contentment relied on Daisy’s love. Daisy expresses her uncontrollable love for Gatsby by saying, “I love you- now isn’t that enough?” (132). When Daisy states I love you, it brought nothing but joy to Gatsby. All this time, this is all Gatsby wanted to hear. Later, when Gatsby died, no one showed up to his funeral. This proves that he was not actually friends with everyone he thought he was. Gatsby was successful and was always surrounded by money, but what brought him real joy was something that was free, the love of Daisy.
Another character who finds unhappiness throughout his life is Tom Buchanan. Tom is already powerful, rich, and has a beautiful daughter and wife. However, Tom is not satisfied with that. The American Dream to him means he deserves more. One woman is not enough for Tom; he wants two. He feels a false sense of power because of his mistress Myrtle. Because Myrtle is of a lower class, he feels he has complete power over her. Myrtle depends on Tom to get her into a better society, closer to The
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