The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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James Truslow Adams, the author of The Epic of America, once said, “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. ” (The American) The American Dream is one thing uniquely American, a shared ideal among American people of all the different religions, socioeconomic classes, and lifestyles. It is a promise of hope and possibilities that America has been holding onto since its foundation, a promise of life’s meaningfulness and of one’s ability to reinvent oneself.
Is there only one interpretation of the American Dream? For many, it is an idea that has been constantly evolving and redefined. Since the 1920s, the American Dream has been particularly marked by the increasing pursuit of materialism. This is reflected through The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, which is a novel that describes both the Jazz Age and the state that many Americans live in contemporary America. Thus The Great Gatsby is arguably the Great American novel because it transcends being only a novel of its era and reveals the constant evolution and destruction of the American Dream. It provides insights into the delusions and deterioration of this dream through showing how the strive for noble goals and great achievements deteriorated into a quest for riches and how distant the dream is from reality. The American Dream has been in the spirit of America since its founding days. In the…
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