The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby is one of the major characters, he symbolizes the American dream; as he started small and became the Great Gatsby whose parties and wealth are a part of everyday gossip in East Egg. At first "his parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all" (The Great Gatsby 105). As for the Buchanans; Daisy was a spoiled rich girl who left Gatsby, at the end, for a more stable life with her husband and his money. " 'her voice is full of money ', he said suddenly" (The Great Gatsby 128), here Gatsby states that she is extremely wealthy that her voice was full of money, and throughout the novel, Fitzgerald praises her movements, her sweetness and tenderness. Unlike Daisy, Tom is rather rough man with "a hard mouth and a supercilious manner" (The Great Gatsby 9) and together the couple was powerful, spending the money they never work hard to earn, carelessly. However, Nick is a round character, and was at first impressed by the East Egg lifestyle. But then at the end realized that money is not everything especially when you have no manners. In the East Egg, it is all about the amount of money you have and the educational institution which you have attended. His opinions of Gatsby were unstable; as he respected at times and disagreed with him at another, yet he was the only one, in East Egg, whom he respected till the end Fitzgerald uses the first person narrative technique and Nick
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