The Great Gatsby : The American Dream

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Tj Hesse Ms Labouff English 3 1 November 2017 The Poor Man’s Dream Many believe that America is the land of riches, where anyone can become rich and wealthy. This idea is known as the American Dream, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for a successful living. However, this ethos is completely false, and is nothing more than exactly that - a dream. Throughout the award-winning work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”, he gathers criticism about the American Dream. He denounces the dream by shedding the light on topics such as the selfish pursuit of pleasure that always follows such attempted pursuit of the dream, the illegal ways that people attempt to undergo in order to obtain the dream, and the fact that…show more content…
He will never actually join or take part in these parties, but just sits there waiting for Daisy to show up."Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. That was it. I 'd never understood before. It was full of money – that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals ' song of it… high in a white palace the king 's daughter, the golden girl.” This quote clearly describes that he wishes to get Daisy using only his wealth and money. “He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher — shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue. Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.” This also shows that he only wants to get Daisy using his wealth, or in this case his shirts. When people talk about the American Dream, they usually describe it as coming to America, getting a job and become rich. Although being rich comes with a lot of perks such as living life without consequences and very comfortable living, it is easy to always get what is needed or to fix what doesn 't needed to be fixed like when “The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the
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