The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, Our Founding Fathers, and the American Dream Over time, the idea of “The American Dream” shifted from the Founding Fathers idealistic belief of equality, liberty, and happiness for all to the view that what is most important is the accumulation of wealth and material possessions as written about by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. How does a whole country go from a shared value of advancing freedom and individual rights to that of advancing oneself at the expense of others? Individuals are a product of their environment and reflect the values of society of their time. Thomas Jefferson, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, stated that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (ushistory.org) It is clear that Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers did not associate wealth or materialism with happiness in light of the following quote attributed to Jefferson, “Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.” (monticello.org) It appears that that the Founding Fathers feared that future generations would forget the true meaning of freedom and the responsibility that preserving it entails and become
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