The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had” (Fitzgerald 3). Many people are born into bad statistics for being able to achieve the American dream. Nick reveals this very early on in The Great Gatsby with this thought provoking quote. Not all people are born with the same advantages as others. There are many factors that have held people back from attaining their goals in our great country.. Despite the perception that Americans can move from rags to riches to live the American Dream, the trials and obstacles that underserved and minorities have to overcome reveals that the American Dream is a false hope.
The lower class citizens do not have the access to great schools, unlike the other social classes, so they are at a heavy disadvantage to achieve the American Dream. Education is a large part of advancing and thriving in certain economic and social classes. If a person is lucky enough to attend a good school, it gives the individual a better chance at succeeding into a higher social class which then leads to better jobs, pay, and better quality of life. Many people who are qualified to achieve a higher class of education do not pursue it because of financial stipulations. A very prominent professor Paul Teske, a associate professor Jody Fitzpatrick, and an assistant professor Gabriel Kaplan collaborated to create a paper on the access Americans have to quality…
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