The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a story of elegance and public display of wealth, which eventually is shot down, quite literally in terms of The Great Gatsby, and fades away tragically. It seems impossible to have a story of such intense fame and notoriety that does not end in a disastrous or unfortunate ending, which could be seen as ironic. The people who try the hardest and seem to have it all always end up dissatisfied in the end. These people often work themselves to death, in search of completion, rather than look to themselves to become content. “Is the American dream alive,” is not the question to ask when contemplating the ambitions of the American people. The American dream is alive and well, and has been for sixty years, but instead ask “is the American dream achievable.” That is a much more complex and diverse question to ask. The Great Gatsby is an excellent model of how the American dream warps reality to the point that happiness is something that will never be accomplished, but eternally worked for. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the literary themes of desire, wealth, and disappointment work together to communicate the author’s message that the American Dream is unachievable. To first analyze The Great Gatsby through the American dream, the concept of desire must be discussed. This is the essential driving force of both the American dream and Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s whole life is devoted to Daisy, without her even knowing it. He searches endlessly for her in
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