The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby attempted to change who he was to impress Daisy Buchanan and her family, but at the end of the day, it still wasn’t good enough. If you spend your entire life attempting to be something, and no one cares, is it meaningless? What was Gatsby’s purpose in life if he did win Daisy back and was unable to move forward. At the beginning of Gatsby’s funeral, nobody showed but nick and a few others. This just shows how much of a failure he was at the end of the day. In the novel The Great Gatsby, considered one of the greatest “American Novels,” you see nearly every character experience some sort of failure. Throughout James Gatsby’s quest to achieve the “American Dream,” he faced numerous obstacles which brought to light some of the problems Gatsby faced, including his insecurities, his failure to win over Daisy Buchanan and being stuck in the past.
Paragraph 2- Wanting to be different from his parents and creating his own destiny
Facing Insecurities due to upbringing. Gatsby changed his name from James Gatz to Gatsby based on his belief of what Daisy’s family would want Nick - “I suppose he 'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (ch 6, pg 95). Quote talks about his rejection to a mundane farm life. He felt like he was better than that, not accepting the people that birthed and raised him. When Daisy’s family looked at Gatz, he wasn’t good
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