The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the United States, the pursuit of wealth through hard work is the main principle and guideline of life. Labeled as the American Dream, Americans are pressed to work hard and honest under the idea that they will have an equal opportunity to obtain riches and glory. But is the pursuit of wealth really as pure and honest as it may seem? Holding this same idea and question, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, a young man by the name of Nick Carraway begins his pursuit towards the American Dream. The novel begins with Nick arriving at his new yet shabby home in Long Island, where he is surrounded by the mansions of millionaires. As Nick settles into his new home, he begins to spend time with the wealthy residents, both new and old faces, in which he hopes to join one day. But, as he spends more time with the class he strives to join, he begins to realize that the pursuit of wealth not as spectacular and pure as he imagined. Nick discovers that the wealthy people that have reached the goal of the American Dream, in which Nick has only recently begun, all hold pieces of corruption and in their own ways are cheaters. As Nick watches countless acts of cheating and signs of criminal activities by his newly acquainted friends, he begins to realize that the pursuit of the American Dream isn’t as pure and honest as he once thought. In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, Nick’s countless accounts of the corruption in the elite class shed a darker light on the American…
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