A Lost American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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“The Valve” by David R. Slavitt supports the negative results of Jay Gatsby’s attempt to chase Daisy and the past, which is an unrealistic dream. In the book F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby as a symbol of a lost American Dream in the 1920s. In the book after the gatsby returns from the war with money he tries very hard to get Daisy so he buys a house right across the bay (green light represents daisy), he throws big parties hoping she would wander in, and he does illegal business with meyer wolfsheim so he can get a lot of money to attract daisy. In the book, Jay Gatsby tends to live his life in the past, So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past (Fitzgerald, p180). In this quote Fitzgerald is trying
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