The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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“Neither a rich man or a poor man gets to enjoy his money. One is too busy trying to hold on to it, and the other is too busy trying to get it.” (Linda Poindexter). This quote couldn 't be more true, and is a great representation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In fact, this fits the character of Gatsby very well. In the book it is revealed that Gatsby had many troubles and hardships throughout his life. He grew up a poor child and then ran away to work for a man named Dan Cody. Dan Cody became like a father figure to Gatsby, however, Cody would eventually die and his wife would steal all the inheritance that would have been given to Gatsby. Gatsby leaves for the army, but before he leaves, he meets Daisy the love of his life. Eventually, in his life, he becomes one of the richest and most famous people in America; it many ways it would appear that he had achieved the American Dream. However, if we analysed Gatsby’s life closer there is still things that were not accomplished in his life, specifically his love of his Daisy, marries someone else. Furthermore, while he is well known, he lacks many true friends, and finally, that even though he became rich, people still rejected him calling him a bootlegger. Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby to say that the American Dream is never truly attainable as there are always going to be unintended ups and downs, as seen through Gatsby’s failures and shortcomings. Throughout the book, many characters say that Gatsby was a
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