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Why Is The American Dream Important To Me In The Great Gatsby

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Tonya,
Well said! My understanding of the American dream has changed over the years as well. Things that I believed to be important when I was 20 does not make the list of what is important to me today. Like you, I don’t believe that happiness comes without its struggles, but I do believe looking at a difficult situation in a hopeful way lessens the blow.
I cannot image living a life as described in The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald 1925). More people should read that book; the message of “money cannot buy happiness” has never been so clear.
I am not a materialistic person for the most part. I have downsized most of what I own to the essentials, and do not buy things without good reason. I value a great sunset more than most material items. I value
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