The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Failed American in Great Gatsby After the First World War, the old values in society were breaking down and great changes happened among the new generation. Thousands of Americans speculated and gambled on the stock market and many people made a lot of money over a night. So there emerged a group people---they chased a material well-being life and a more capitalistic and materialistic attitude but lack of spiritual pursuit, which is called “The American Dream”. Generally, the American Dream aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power on his way to the top. In the story of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a theme of how the American dream affects all of the characters: each of them has their own aspiration for their future life, but, ironically, their aspiration is only revolved around wealth. The main part of their life is to enjoy happiness from money. Fitzgerald combines his own experiences with his nation’s experiences and reflects the features of his time through this novel. The story is set in New York City and on Long Island known as the West Egg and the East Egg. The hero, Jay Gatsby, is a pursuer of the American dream who is once a nobody from the Midwest. In order to regain his lover Daisy’s love, the embodiment of the American dream in his eyes, Gatsby tries his best to make his way into the riches even by illegal means. Everybody suspects him, but everybody is willing to partake in his
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