The Great Gatsby thesis statement

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The Great Gatsby is written by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in “the roaring twenties”. The characters in the novel have dreams and goals and not one dream ends well. That is why my thesis statement is: The Great Gatsby is really about unattainable dreams. The dreams I am discussing is Gatsby´s American dream, Daisy’s dream and Nick’s dream.
The dreams are based on the love story between Daisy and Gatsby. The final piece in Gatsby’s American dream would be if he got Daisy to wed him. Daisy dreams of Gatsby but chooses between him and her current husband Tom. Nick wants Gatsby’s life to be a happy life and he cares a lot about him. His dream is for the story to end well. When Daisy does not choose
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He wishes that Gatsby’s life should contain a happy ever after.
There are a lot of dreams in the book but I want to distinguish these three main dreams and how none of them gets fulfilled.
Gatsby’s American dream
The first dream that does not get fulfilled is the one of Gatsby. He starts off as an underprivileged boy and struggles his way to the top. We make his acquaintance when he is on the top of his life. He is enjoying his big house and his vast wealth. The one thing he cannot have is his lovely Daisy. Gatsby’s story reflects the “classical” American dream: Anyone can make anything of himself/herself with just elbow grease, spirit and a whole lot of confidence. Jay loves Daisy and, sadly, she is the one thing which he cannot procure to his “perfect life”.
His wealth is shown clearly, for instance when he throws huge parties just to have the chance of meeting or seeing Daisy. This behavior is not feasible if you do not have that kind of money which leads us to the conclusion that he is wealthy. The symbol that portrays the American dream is the green light. The light symbolizes wealth but also Daisy, the latter because there is a green light at the end of Daisy´s dock. He reaches out for it just like he reaches out for his dream.
His material world reflects Daisy. Daisy is sometimes a symbol of the American dream. “Her voice is full of money... That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money - that was the inexhaustible

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