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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The American Dream has no place for dreamers. It embraces a concept of an individual to enjoy the endless bliss of freedom and self-confidence, while maintaining a healthy desire for something greater. The American dream has gone through many stages throughout different time periods, however in the roaring twenties, the dream has been distorted with materialism. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby transforms from James Gatz, portraying the original American values, to Jay Gatsby, a self-made man who is now focused on a corrupt materialistic dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates how a dream can become tainted by one’s ambition for wealth. Gatsby is a perfect embodiment of this ‘rags to riches’ theory, but is tragically cursed by the classic cliché that ‘money can’t buy happiness.’ The transformation of the American Dream is a prime example of the life of Jay Gatsby and his moral decline.
The so called American Dream was idolized ever since the early days of American settlement. This concept of this perfection was originated from immigrants searching for opportunities when they first arrived in America. They envisioned prosperity, success and most importantly happiness. Evidently, this notion was first established in the Declaration of Independence, which describes a sense of hope stating; “all man are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The American Dream plays a
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