The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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During the 1920s, the American Dream was something that many Americans gave blood, sweat, and tears in order to achieve, but the majority of the time, multiple factors prohibited them from ever reaching it. In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he exhibits this by showing both sides of the spectrum. On one side, he shows how Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, has achieved the American Dream by having the ability to spend money on all of these expensive parties, buying classy clothes, in addition to many other lavish items. On the other hand, he shows the failure to achieve the American Dream, which Fitzgerald represents by including a detailed description of his love for Daisy Buchanan and the fact that he never wins her back. The fact that he has everything that any American could ever wish for emphasizes how important the one entity is that he is missing, the love of the woman that he cares for so immensely. These two specific stereotypes outline exactly how real people in the 1920s lived and how their attempts at the American Dream played out. Therefore, because many Americans in the 1920s strove to achieve the American Dream, Fitzgerald utilized Gatsby’s endeavors to highlight the two different classes of people: both those who struggled with their attempt at the American Dream and the few lucky ones who accomplished it. Gatsby was not always filthy rich, as Fitzgerald depicts him for the majority of the book. Unlike the Buchanan’s, Gatsby was not
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