The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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An author, Moffat Machingura, once stated, “Follow your dreams. I am not saying it’s going to be easy, but I am saying it’s going to be worth it.” His message, “follow your dreams,” describes a common theme found in the American society. Countless movies and books entertain the possibilities presented by striving for one’s aspirations and display the rewards granted through the achievement of it. Most of these tales portray dreams as glorious, which they definitely can be, but few stories wrestle with the unpleasant reality that dreams may mislead and consume a human. The literature that emcompasses these difficult truths immensely aids in understanding entire ideas. For this reason, the beloved novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, should be read and discussed thoroughly in order to correctly gain an understanding of the American Dream, moral controversies, and beneficial practices that have shaped the United States through the power of literature. One of the main themes found in The Great Gatsby concerns the American Dream, a fundamental topic that aids in the understanding of the United States’ history and lifestyle. Unfortunately, the glorification of the American Dream creates a distorted idea of the actual ideals within the dream, bettering oneself through hard work. Many people associate money and unimaginable success with it, but in response to Gatsby’s dilemma Nafisi, an Islamic teacher, argues that “the dream is not about money, but what he
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