The Impact Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Roaring Twenties were a time of booming economic growth in America. Newfound wealth flowing into the nation’s market provided a stream of chances for impoverished people to achieve the American Dream. This gave many people the impression that social mobility was not only possible, but prevalent and that lower class and upper class could merge together in unison. In the novel The Great Gatsby by renowned American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, protagonist Jay Gatsby is used to show the impossibilities in attempting to rise through the social structure by his incapability of blending in with upper class patricians. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby highlights the popular misconceptions during the 1920’s Era America that a rise in social mobility and new opportunities for lower class citizens to achieve the American Dream were commonplace, contrary to the reality of a rigid social system that allowed for little rise in status.
Titular character Jay Gatsby proves that America’s lower class in the Roaring Twenties was able to attain only the appearance of wealth, not join the upper class themselves. James Gatz, Gatsby’s birth name, was born to poor and shiftless farmers in Nebraska. However, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his own platonic conception of himself” and amassed a large fortune in an attempt to win over his long-time love interest (Fitzgerald 98). This would support the possibility of the American Dream and the ability to

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