American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters have differing views on the topic of the American Dream, some including Nick Carraway, James Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. They range in views of a dream revolved around money and pride, and a life full of love and success. Yet, it is not possible for every single person to achieve what they want in life. The American Dream is achievable if determination and passion is loaded into the efforts, but not everybody can reach it if it lies too far away and the person doesn’t feel like pursuing it. As this novel was set in the 1920s, it was not as normal to run after what you wanted, and to break the social norms. People followed what was written down in the theoretical book of society and ran towards the face of money on a billboard, and didn’t try to be an individual with their own separate goals and aspirations. Fitzgerald really showed in his novel that not every single human was the same, as James Gatsby, for example, strived for his heart to be full with love and not money. Yet, the Buchanans’ focused on their world revolving around a thousand dollar bills and a future with pride and ignorance. Gatsby was a hopeless romantic and this showed through his American Dream, as he wanted only one person to finally achieve the happiness he was pursuing for five years. To him, Daisy Buchanan is the image he sees when he think about what he wants most to make his life the best it can be. He chases after
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