The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American dream is just a dream which can’t be implemented in the real world. While writing The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald described the actions of the human society by critiquing the high class and low class ultimately providing his view towards the American dream in 1920s. Throughout the book; “The Great Gatsby”, American dream is shown to be a corrupted dream that leads to destruction. Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy are 3 main characters who have significantly shown to be corrupted and destroyed by this dream.

The desire for high status and luxurious life is what draws Myrtle into establishing a relationship with Tom. Consequently, this decision of hers highly damages the relationship between her and Gorge, eventually leading to her death and ultimately loss of happiness. Myrtle hopes and desires a rich and famous life. This we can conclude by her enjoyment in reading gossip books magazines as mentioned in the beginning of the book which displays her hope for the life of “the rich and famous”. Thus, we can interpret that she wants to be with Tom because he has a rich and famous life. When myrtle firstly spoke of Gorge, she stated “The only crazy I was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one says when he was out…” This statement of myrtle represents her to be materialistic person who regrets her marriage with Gorge typically because he is from a
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