Conquering The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby’s elusiveness leads to his funeral, with all but two people not attending. All that Gatsby wanted to do was to rise above his poor upbringings and live the American Dream, just as his mentor did before him. But, the process of conquering this dream was not as smooth as it was thought to be. Through Gatsby’s lying and deceiving, Fitzgerald reveals what would be a fundamental theme of the novel: that people will do whatever it takes to make their dream a reality. As the son of two unsuccessful farmers trying to make a living in the Midwest, James Gatz was born poor. When he became older, he met Dan Cody, a wealthy yacht owner who wanted Gatz to work for him. Once Gatz experienced the rich life of the upper class through…show more content…
If Gatsby told Daisy the truth of how he got his money, she would surely leave him. But if he kept it a secret, all would be well and Gatsby’s dream would beat on. Gatsby had to deceive Daisy to make it seem that he had been living the American Dream through morality, not through corruption. Gatsby’s knowledge was that these lies would help him get Daisy back, but he never took into account the beating his morality would take. As the cookie crumbled, so did Gatsby’s dream. Daisy ended up never going back to Gatsby, as Daisy couldn’t leave Tom and their child. Daisy and Tom were a perfect couple, and even if Gatsby knew that, he still felt as though he had a shot because of his wealth, his supposed charm, and his deception. At first, Gatsby’s main goal of moving East was to be someone of importance, just as Dan Cody was. Jay slept in a mansion, threw parties, joked with millionaires, but in reality, he had the same problems as the guy who sells hot dogs on the corner. His lust for love got in the way of his morals, which gave him the reputation as a fraudulent

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