Examples Of Failure Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald is an example of failure of the American dream. The American dream is the belief that anyone regardless of race, class, gender, or nationality, can be successful in America (Blog Prep Scholar). Jay Gatsby is a character in the novel who does not come from old money; he comes from humble backgrounds and strives for a dream he never gets. In despite Daisy Buchanan does come from old money, therefore she is like the barrier Fitzgerald adds to the novel to portray an example of how wealth and unrealistic dreams will always end up in failure. The 1920s was a time period where people thought any dream could be possible. In the novel Gatsby has a dream of having Daisy his teenage love back in his arms.…show more content…
At the end of this novel Fitzgerald has a strong message for his readers. He uses his main character Jay Gatsby to represent the message and his narrator Nick to analyze it “ I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream” (Fitzgerald, 161). This quote reminds me of the phrase “It is very easy to dream but not accomplish”. That is exactly what happened to Gatsby, he thought Daisy's love was his major dream and that once he had her in his arms he would live happily ever after. Instead he died striving for that dream. Gatsby was not realistic with his dream, therefore he didn't even notice when he had wasted his whole life striving for something he had already failed in. “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald portrays failure of the American Dream when a person is not realistic. Fitzgerald gives a very good message to his audience of realism. Being realistic not only in a goal but in life will take you far, because you will recognize the limitations your persona
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