Achieving The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Accomplishing your goals in life can be difficult and come with danger and boulders ahead. Same thing goes with the American dream, but this can be a motivating factor in life. The American dream can be defined as goals or opportunities that can be achieved in order for components like security, family, financial success and absence of poverty. Everyone can view the American dream in different ways. In the early 1900s, many immigrants came to America through Ellis Island looking for a better life for themselves as well as their families. With the American dream it does not matter where you came from, rich or poor. What matters is what you can do with the opportunities or motivating factors given. Coming to America granted every citizen the …show more content…

When achieving the American dream, taking risks is necessary, even the dream may seem impossible, which is similar to how Jay Gatsby in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Elaine Jackson in her American dream interview, view the path of achieving the American dream. In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby’s American Dream can be viewed as risk taking to get to where he needed to be. Jay Gatsby's American dream can be viewed as one who takes risks to get what he wants. Gatsby, who is Nick’s neighbor, throws elaborate, large parties all while Prohibition during the roaring 20’s in America. Nobody really knows Jay Gatsby that well, there have been many rumors about him like he killed a man or that he is a German spy. Though when Gatsby sends Nick a formal invitation to come to one of his parties, both him and the reader get to know Gatsby better. His American dream involves components like personal fulfillment, and achieving and flaunting a wealthy lifestyle. Gatsby also wants to have a life with Daisy. In chapter 5 of novel, Gatsby wants to meet with Daisy whom he still loves, although she is married to Tom. At Nick’s cottage home in West Egg, …show more content…

Along with her mother and grandparents, they helped to shape her view of the American Dream. The American dream became important to her at a young age seeing how the people around her worked. Elaine’s family, especially her father, taught her and her brother to be independent, to go to school, to be honest, and also accepting of others. She said that her father was appreciative to be in this country and working to get to where he wanted and needed to be. My mother believes that the American dream should consist of family and friends, security, freedom, and optimism. She believes that loving and respecting each other is essential to the dream. Elaine believes that she is blessed to be where she is today, raising a family, working, which has propelled her in many ways, and having support from her family. She works for United Healthcare for multiple of the company's projects which have been very successful. Although raising two children has not been easy, Elaine has taken the steps necessary for her and her family to be in the best position today and for the future. “...i would say in order to achieve the american dream, you need to take necessary risks, no matter how unlikely your goal may seem at times. I think it aligns with having optimism, valuing hard work, and learning how to determine what risks to take. I think it's a learning journey that never stops and I would like to see more encouragement, more

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