In the Great Gatsby, the author tells us a story about a man whose name was Gatsby, when he final became rich by his own effort, his lover can not accept him at all, people around him were just made use of his money, and they still looked down upon him because of his poor background. What a sad story! Through this story, we can learn that money is not so useful, maybe we can use money to buy a lot of things, but it does not mean rich can present everything. Gatsby’s
Most people who come to the U.S. do not become rich but they do become more wealthy then they were in their home countries because of how poor some of the other countries are compared to America. Money is very important to almost everyone so when they hear about the American dream of coming to America and getting rich they will come and take their chances and come. Overall, the promise of earning money and becoming famous is some peoples version of the American dream. A lot of parents come to America to help their children or future children get better educations and opportunities. Many parents sacrifice their family and everything they know to come to America to start a family and make sure their children have a better life then they had and had the things their parents couldn 't get in their home country.
American dream is achieve when a person having a car, money, big house, happy family and nice clothes. The dream is represented by the ideas of a self-sufficient man or woman, who works hard to achieve a goal to become successful. Based on the novel of The Great Gatsby it shows about what happened to the American Dream in the 1920’s, which is a time period when the dreams became corrupted for many reasons. Not only the corruption of American Dream that happen in this story but American Dream also has caused destruction and can be seen through Daisy, Myrtle and Gatsby. The theme of American Dream can be seen through Daisy’s hope for happiness.
“‘ Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.” (The Great Gatsby page 120). This quote shows that Gatsby himself knows that Daisy is a symbol of money. He sees her as a woman of money. He is biased toward her personality due to knowing that she can fulfill his American dream. “‘I told you what’s been going on,’ said Gatsby.
At the beginning, when he first receives the one thousand dollars, Gillian goes to see Old Bryson to tell him about to the money he received. Old Bryson tells him to spend it on material things, and does not suggest using the money for a more noble purpose. They also converse about how Gillian’s uncle was very rich and should have left more money to Gillian (277-288). This shows that Old Bryson is a character that seems to fuel Gillian’s selfish nature as well as his ego. If he was a true friend of Gillian’s he probably would not have said this.
For example, “they came from the east egg the more nicer part of the area(Fitzgerald)”. The effects of money can play a huge role in the different classes of the people during the time. People based things off money the most and thought that was the only way to live the American dream. The relationship between gatsby and daisy play a huge roll with love and the outcome of what happens reaching the dream. For example,” Gatsby’s eyes floated towards her, ah she cried, you look so cool(Fitzgerald 82)”.
He loves Daisy, but he understands that he cannot achieve her if he will not be successful. He feels that he has to live up to The American Dream to accomplish what he truly dreams for. But in the period of absence of Gatsby, Daisy married Tom. Daisy always was rich and Gatsby needs to have money to give Daisy what she wants. The green light accompanies Gatsby during novel, not intentionally, the green light is of great significance in this novel, it is a symbol representing Gatsby’s dream of having Daisy, it is a symbol aspiration to The American Dream.
As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. Even after all the clarifications for the American Dream, people have still managed to misunderstand it. The deceptive role of the American Dream, the wrongfully understood meaning of it and the changes it brings in a person is what puts together the overall idea of American Dream.
He thought that, as long as making arduous efforts and struggling for them, he would achieve his dream definitely. His infinite power has been inspired. In order to shake off poverty, at first he joined the army. During the time of serving, Gatsby fell in love with Daisy who was a daughter of a rich businessman. And in his eyes, Daisy’s living style and her beauty were the ideal incarnation
In this chapter the readers find that Tom is cheating on Daisy and despite her knowledge of his actions, she continues to be married to him. If Daisy had respect for herself and was happy with herself alone and not what Tom made her, she would not stay with him knowing that he is cheating on her. In Gatsby’s Idea of the American Dream by Judd Taylor (1998), it is clear that even as the American Dream is portrayed as being made of money, Gatsby still cannot achieve it because he is not accepted in the wealthy society. Gatsby lives on the West egg because he has new money and had to work for his riches rather than have it handed down to him through generations. Taylor says, “Gatsby’s idea of the American Dream is doomed because he tries to buy his way into a society that will never accept him.”.