Theme Of American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Have you ever gotten so close to reaching your goal and then you fail? In the novel The Great Gatsby, the failing American Dream is very prevalent. There are many characters that try insanely hard to reach their ultimate goal and get very close to reaching it but end up failing right before they reach it. They all try so hard to reach their American Dream but are unable to reach it. Throughout the novel there are many characters that show what the American Dream has become in Scott F. Fitzgerald’s time. The theme of the failing American Dream is represented throughout the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald by Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Myrtle. One character who is a major example of the theme of the failing American Dream is Jay Gatsby. “Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, would, in one way, seem to meet this criteria; Gatsby accumulated wealth in his own without the advantage of a wealthy upbringing” (Wyly 42-43). Jay Gatsby at first seems to have reached his American Dream. Jay Gatsby went from being very poor to extremely rich. However Jay Gatsby only became rich so he could achieve his American Dream. He wanted to marry the love of his life, Daisy, but he was unable to earlier because he thought that Daisy would disapprove of his wealth and social status. So he became rich and increased is social status in order to marry Daisy Buchanan. Another quote that shows this is “Jay Gatsby is most visibly engaged in the financial pursuit of the American Dream, but he does
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