This shows that a big reason Gatsby wanted to be rich is just to impress her with his money, which is why he invited her over his house. I do not want to be successful just so that I can impress someone, I want to be successful for myself and for my future family. The next goal of Gatsby is to be with Daisy and to start a life with her. While I do want to be with someone, I am not obsessive like Gatsby, who basically stalks her for 5 years. He became rich just to impress her, moved to West egg to be close to her, and throws parties just hoping that she decides to walk in one time.
As a result, the majority of people who try to achieve this goal fail and must settle for what society gives them. Birch considers The American Dream more as an illusion than a reality as only a small percentage of primarily white people achieve it. He conveys his view through his paintings that represent the challenges and consequences that come with trying to live the American
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don’t want, and to impress people they don't like. In the book The Great Gatsby, a man named Jay was madly in love with his long lost girlfriend Daisy. Five years later when he finds her Daisy is married and has a daughter. Every character in the novel is money-obsessed, whether they were born with money, whether they made a fortune, or whether they’re eager for more. Money changed lots of the decisions the characters made, maybe even most of the decisions made apart from Nick were done for money.
The American Dream, are three words that I started hearing about since I reached the United States for the first time. I did not know at the time what it’s really mean. I thought it only meant to be successful in the United States, and that you will have a higher chance to be successful in the United States than in another country. Now, after four years, this essay made me research about its real meaning. James Adams wrote a book called “The Epic of America”, in it he sow The American Dream as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” My first thoughts about The American Dream had an Impact on my identity and the person that I am today.
For instance, in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald indirectly criticizes the American Dream. Instead of the idea of pure joy attainable for the compensation of hard works, Fitzgerald portrays his idea of the American Dream by Gatsby. In the book, Gatsby’s American Dream is the affluence of material goods and winning Daisy, a fascinating girl. Gatsby, however, ends up dying because of his endless greed. Summing up, The Great Gatsby’s meditates the idea of the American Dream as reaching towards goals greater than themselves, being completely out of reach.
Scott Fitzgerald would say that the American dream is a concept that you can achieve greatness or better circumstances by any means that you can. Also, the real dream is not riches because then people would become reckless, but the real goal is to reach ultimate happiness. He would say this because when people desire for something they are not, they go to measures the affect others and the outcomes are not often positive. The novel and Gatsby’s story show that the failure of achieving his dreams proves the the foolishness of short-cutting the dream by corruption without hard work, integrity, or real love. Fitzgerald’s version of the American dream would say that all have the ability to gain more success with hard work and being true to yourself.
When growing up he wasn’t born rich like most of the upper class. He started life with little, as the son of fairly unsuccessful farmers. Even though Gatsby has always wanted to be rich, his main motivation in gaining his fortune was for his love Daisy Buchanan, whom he met as a young military officer in Louisville before leaving to fight in World War I in 1917. Since Gatsby 's money did not come from inheritance, as he would like people to believe he had to find another way to obtain it. He got his wealth from organized crime, since the story takes place during the time of
Gatsby always wanted to be rich and does become rich, but we learn that he did not become rich from his own hard work. To try to earn his wealth Gatsby went to “the small Lutheran college of St. Olaf’s in southern Minnesota. He stayed there two weeks, dismayed at its ferocious indifference to the drums of his destiny, to destiny itself, and despising the janitor’s work with which he was to pay his way” (99). Gatsby, as we learn, had every chance to earn a degree at St. Olaf’s college but choose to leave because he had to be a janitor. Gatsby felt the school did not recognize the dream he had of himself because they were indifferent to his destiny.
Just as the American Dream- the pursuit of happiness- has degenerated into a quest for more wealth, Gatsby’s powerful dream of happiness with Daisy has become the motivation for lavish excess and criminal activities. He used his dream to escape from his past, but then was stuck on hold for when he lost Daisy the only part of the dream he really cared for. Gatsby made a dream just for Daisy so she could be apart of his, but saw the meaningless of it when she didn’t choose him in the end. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….