Criticism Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Everyone has a goal they strive for in life; but just because someone strives for it, does not mean it is achievable. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the story involves the main character, Nick Carraway, telling the time he spent in New York, living in West Egg. Nick comes across Jay Gatsby, his neighbor and friend, who is always in pursuit of his American Dream. Gatsby’s Dream is to live a perfect life with his idea of a perfect wife, Daisy Buchanan. Marcus Bewley, author of “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Criticism of America,” believes that the novel, The Great Gatsby, “offers some of the severest and closest criticism of the American dream that our literature affords.” In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald criticizes the American Dream by proving that it is unachievable. Fitzgerald does this through telling the story of Jay Gatsby’s struggle toward his American Dream, from Gatsby believing money was the answer, he wanted to go back in time, and he was stuck in a false reality.
In order to achieve his American Dream, Gatsby believed that he could rely on his wealth. Gatsby’s house is described as, “a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower one side, spanking new under a
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Instead of falling for Gatsby’s enormous wealth, Daisy found his parties disgusting and was not instantly enraptured in Gatsby’s American Dream. Gatsby also failed to reconnect with Daisy because he wanted her to forget the five years they were apart and continue where they left off. But the biggest struggle Gatsby dealt with was being stuck in a false reality that everything would fall into place, and he could easily achieve his dream. The American Dream is something to look toward, but will not necessarily be
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