The Great Gatsby Quotes On The American Dream

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The American Dream is different for everyone, however, all will fight for it. They will struggle for their ideal of the American Dream. Fitzgerald shows this with all of his characters. He shows what all of them are willing to do to achieve their happiness, and what happens when it is taken away. Gatsby is a perfect example of what Fitzgerald shows as the American dream. He is rich and popular, however he is not happy. He wants to go back to a time when he believed he was truly happy. “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” This quote shows what the…show more content…
Gatsby says “Her voice was full of money.” This shows that he associated his love with Daisy to his pursuit of wealth and power. He wants Daisy because of the wealth that she represents. Gatsby wanted Daisy more than anything else. He could not move on. If he did he would have been happy, however, it ended up leading to his downfall, even if it was not his fault. Daisy could not handle the dream that Gatsby tried to force upon her, and in the end, this made Daisy choose Tom. Gatsby’s green light was never something that he could reach, no matter how hard he struggled and fought. The people he wanted to include in his dream did not hold up to his high…show more content…
Tom and Daisy keep drifting apart then coming back together. "I never loved him," she said, with perceptible reluctance. "Not at Kapiolani?" demanded Tom suddenly. "No." From the ballroom beneath, muffled and suffocating chords were drifting up on hot waves of air.” This comes from a conversation that Daisy and Tom have. It describes perfectly how their relationship goes. Their marriage is dysfunctional, yet they have grown too complacent in to do anything about it. They began to drift apart more and more, that is until Gatsby forced them to confront their marriage when he asked Daisy to say she never loved Tom. This backfires when they began to grow close again. Then, when Daisy kills Myrtle and Tom gets Gatsby killed they run away together, as they always do. The quote, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . .” shows how they are. They can never reach their ideal of the American dream. They are not happy, just content. Nick realizes this when he sees Tom again. “I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I say that what he had done was to him entirely justified.” Tom and Daisy cause chaos wherever they go. They just move on when it threatens to be too much for
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