The Great Gatsby

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English Essay – The Great Gatsby The main theme of the novel "The Great Gatsby" focuses on the American Dream and it is portrayed through the life of Jay Gatsby. Through Gatsby's life we see the withering of the American Dream, a tragedy that struck Jay's near finished dream. The American Dream is what many have hoped of achieving, it has existed in the past and is in the present. The American Dream gives people a goal that they can work towards, it also gives them a purpose in life. The American Dream represents luxury and wealth it believes the goodness of the quality of life. For Jay Gatsby, he was so close to achieving the American Dream. He had the wealth and the class, all he needed was his long lost love, Daisy. Gatsby truly…show more content…
Generally speaking, the American Dream is mostly achieved by people of the higher class, the people who reside in the "East Egg". It is a lot easier for high classed people to achieve the American Dream, because they already have the social connections from the schools they attended when they were young. They already have the wealth that they received through the generations. With this in mind they what your look at Jay Gatsby's life he didn't really have social connections nor the family wealthy. He learned all the skills and inherited the money from a close friend. This makes the plot of the story even more tragic because Jay is from a lower-medium classed society and if he succeeds in achieving the American Dream he would inspire many people. However, the fact he was so close but he didn't, it made his dream contemptuous. To achieve the American Dream is typical in many people's lives. Everyone at one point in their life has wanted to be wealthy or to be happy and to have a perfect family. However, to some the American Dream is more than a dream, many have tired a lifetime in achieving it but was never able to succeed. To others they believe there's nothing to live for and if they don't achieve the American Dream, For example when Mr. Wilson lost Myrtle he gave up the hope of achieving the American Dream because he had lost one of the most

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