Examples Of Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is a delusion that still lingers till this day. Usually the dream depicts wealth along with things such as power, and, love, while climbing to the top. There are many variations of the idea throughout time but the most common one is based on ideas of self-reliance, freedom, and to strive for something greater. Many people dreamed of starting small and growing big living a prosperous life. This however had gradually altered into a materialistic lifestyle of glamorous cars, enormous houses, and overall carefree. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby,” many of the characters is a prime example of someone who is blinded by the American Dream. Countless of them who view luxurious possessions as an indication of success. Fitzgerald demonstrates the corruption of the American Dream through the characters of “The Great Gatsby” Who…show more content…
She mimics someone that she isn’t in order to be the center of attention, In this case Tom. Her obsession of living an elegant life has altered her own personality. Myrtle deems George undesirable as she believes that he lacks the wealth and status she thinks she deserves, Myrtle mentions, “The only crazy I was was when I married him I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in...I lay down and cried to beat the band all afternoon” (Fitzgerald 34). Unsatisfied with her current life Myrtle seeks a new opportunity, an opportunity to live a high-class lifestyle. Myrtle obtains her American Dream with the help of Tom, but for the cost of cutting ties she had with George. In the end Myrtle’s materialistic life had ended due to her foolish intentions. In order to attain her American Dream, she constantly changes herself which destroys her original values, which leads to her death as she makes the wrong decision to be materialistic and dream for impractical
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