The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The American Dream is the conviction that each and every American has equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity. It is, essentially, the basis that America was founded on: the promise of equality for all. That means equal opportunity for each individual, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and origin. Many people believe in the American Dream today: they believe that through hard work they will flourish and all will be well. Many people do not believe in this ideal and, if they do, think that it is unachievable. Among these skeptics included F. Scott Fitzgerald, an American writer who published the stories I will be focusing on in this paper: Tender Is the Night (1934), Winter Dreams (1922), and, most notably, The Great Gatsby (1925). Through these works Fitzgerald’s vehement uncertainty of the American Dream is palpable. In the three works previously stated, Fitzgerald writes about characters that desire to better their lives in one way or another. In The Great Gatsby there is Jay Gatsby whose motivation for obtaining his fortune was Daisy Buchanan, a debutante. In Winter Dreams there is Dexter Green who, very similarly to Gatsby, becomes infatuated with a wealthy girl by the name of Judy Jones. In Tender Is the Night there is Dick Diver, a character who inherently embodies the concept of the American Dream and Fitzgerald’s personal sentiment of it. Ultimately, the characters in each of these stories fail to obtain what they desire, whether
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