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The Great Gatsby The American Dream

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The American Dream The American Dream for most people is the state of eternal happiness and fulfillment. For Jay Gatsby, the American Dream is all about gaining wealth and tangible possession in an effort to uncover happiness – Daisy. Daisy was Gatsby’s fuel for genuine happiness in his life, and he wanted her in it. She already loved the wealthy life and was even captivated by it. The American Dream that Scott F. Fitzgerald stressed about in his novel The Great Gatsby is the notion of perfection; can never be acquired, but can always be reached for. Gatsby was not a man who came from wealth, as a young boy he always knew he would achieve to be something great in his life, even comparing himself to Christ. “The truth was that Jay Gatsby,…show more content…
Every weekend, Gatsby would throw gargantuan parties at his home that would always consist of expensive entertainment such as fancy alcoholic beverages, live orchestra, fireworks, and even the decorations themselves. Gatsby threw these parties in mind of only one guest showing up – Daisy. Daisy is the only reason Gatsby would throw these large parties in hopes that she would walk through his front door; she is the sole purpose of Gatsby buying his mansion in the first place just so he can see her life from afar. “Gatsby bought that house so Daisy would be just across the bay.” Fitzgerald, S. (1925). Daisy eventually shows up to Gatsby’s house by the invitation of Nick. When she is there, she is completely mesmerized by Gatsby’s exquisite possessions and his luxurious lifestyle. Gatsby shows Daisy his expensive English shirt collection and she begins to cry because of how beautiful they were. “Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. ‘They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – beautiful shirts before.” Fitzgerald, S.…show more content…
Daisy was the only thing that made Gatsby happy, he would unquestionably do anything for her, even take the blame of the murder of Myrtle. “’Yes,’ he said after a moment. ‘but of course, I’ll say I was. You see, when we left New York she was very nervous and she thought it would steady her to drive – and this woman rushed out at us just as we were passing a car coming the other way… The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock – it must have killed her instantly.” Even with his riches, nothing could compare the happiness he felt when he was with Daisy, everything Gatsby bought was all just to astonish Daisy. Although in the end that wasn’t enough for Daisy to be happy with him. Gatsby was able to taste the feeling of bliss for a split moment in time, but after all it just lead him to his grim ending – being shot in the back and no one attending his funeral, not even dream girl, just the man he used the most and the only person who cared for him, Nick Carraway. The American Dream in The Great Gatsby was about being unimaginably rich. being able to afford anything that the heart desires. Gatsby was able to buy everything, but not the only thing he wanted – happiness that came from Daisy, his golden dream girl. She was only interested in men who had countless expensive belonging and wealth, and that’s what Jay Gatsby was known for and worked so hard to achieve her
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