The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Every parents wants their child to amount to greatness and be the best their child can be. Parents tend to push their children and give them the mindset that through hard work and dedication that child can achieve anything. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald demonstrates parents lied about hard work and, so he ridicules the high class and lower classes, thus critiquing the American Dream. The American Dream is an idea to give people hope that through hard work one can achieve wealth, fame, and prosperity. This dream symbolizes the desire to attain a luxurious house, car and even a perfect marriage if one is diligent enough. It is represented by the idea of a self-sufficient man or woman who is determined to achieve…show more content…
Myrtle hangs out with Tom so she can feel as if she is in a higher class. In addition, her entire attitude changes when she is with him. She tries to talk about the “lower order” as if she is not one of them. When Myrtle was in New York with Tom and his friend Nick, they were having a party and Tom ordered Myrtle to “get some more ice and mineral water before everybody goes to sleep”(Fitzgerald 35). Tom is putting Myrtle in her place and making it clear her that she is nothing more than a servant. Myrtle, however, replied by saying she “told that boy about the ice. [she] raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders. These people! You have to keep after them all the time” (Fitzgerald 35). Myrtle believes that just because she is with a wealthy man that she is anatomically high class and had the means to order anyone around. Ultimately, her craving for an opulence life is what essentially leads her to her death when she jumped in front of a car thinking it was Tom. Which proves that one can not move up the social ladder. The hope of true happiness is something Daisy strives to have in her luxurious life, but by discovering she married the wrong man her entire aspect into who she is and her outlook on life is altered. During dinner at The Buchanan, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, Daisy’s friend and Nick were interrupted because Tom got a call from another woman, and Jordan informs Nick that Tom is
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