African American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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But little by little whites played it too, and this led to the jazz revolution in twenties by African Americans. They put a new twist into it and brought saxophone which provoked energetic dance movements. African Americans were seeking for same opportunity and statues as whites had in the society, therefore, when they saw whites’ fusion in jazz, they tried to bring it back home and make it their own again. They achieved their happiness when they saw the rise of jazz music not only in America but also in Europe. White fans were going to jazz clubs to listen to African American musicians like Louis Armstrong and this was a big success for them. In a poem by Langston Hughes we see how he is saying although they are slaves they eat well and stay happy and keep their spirit fresh so one day they become strong and American.
“I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
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We have Tom and Daisy who would like to go back to “their vast carelessness” and leave all the troubles they made for other people to clean. Their daughter is “absolute little dream” (p. 74) and is a tool for her mother to get more attention from others, she is there to be shown off and become the center of attention. We also have Gatsby who had hold on to his dream and did everything to get the love of his life, but when Daisy found out what he does for a living, her image of him was shattered and Gatsby was left with a “dead dream” (p.86). Here we see how the dreams can de destroyed and people might have two different reactions toward it. Daisy crawls back to her unhappy marriage and forget her love for Daisy, Gatsby on the other hand goes after her and is still hopeful that she get a divorce and they get marry and live happily ever

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