The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, describes the story of those living within American society during the early 20th century. The idea of the American Dream became prominent during this time, often interpreted differently by each member of the society. According to James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book The Epic of America, the American Dream “is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” (214-215) Each of the characters in the book, such as the infamous Jay Gatsby, has their own unique vision of the American Dream. Fitzgerald uses Gatsby to illustrate his interpretation of the American Dream and highlight the risks involved. One must first define the dream and believe that it can be achieved. However, hope and drive alone are not enough; without fully understanding the reality and what it takes to realize the dream, the pursuit will ultimately fail.
Defining the dream and the possession of hope are key to the pursuit of the American Dream. When Gatsby is separated from Daisy, his childhood love, as a result of war, Gatsby truly misses Daisy and her companionship. Once Gatsby finds out that Daisy married…
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