What Is The American Dream Real In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby written by F.Scott Fitzgerald takes place during the 1920s. The time of parties and money. However the time also focuses on accomplishing the American dream. The dream can be anything you want it to be. Most characters had money on their mind and the main focus of their own life. The Great Gatsby shows that the American dream is perceived by the characters as living with lots of money, however in reality there is a deeper dream inside everyone. In the story of Gatsby, Jay learns from a friend that the rich life is the way to live. In the book it says “He was left with his singularly appropriate education; the vague contour of Jay Gatsby had filled out to the substantiality of a man.”(Fitzgerald 101). This quote proves that…show more content…
“Instead of being the warm center of the world, the Middle West now like the ragged edge of the universe-so I decided to go east and learn the bond business” (Fitzgerald 3). In the 1920s the bond business was booming. Nick just like everyone else had the interest of money but was not his true intention. In Fitzgerald’s novel readers see that Carraway enjoys writing however that is not his true dream either. Nick is a character that is caring and focuses on friends first. Nick's true dream is never blatantly revealed however some may infer his dream. Nick was a honest man who enjoyed the company of good hearted people. I believe that his true dream is to have a society full of trustworthy, kind people. After seeing how all the characters act with the games of love and money Nick was not pleased. “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.”(Fitzgerald 179). Nick himself was the only moral man he knew. Nick believed Gatsby had the quality of being a moral man but however when Gatsby was shot Nick’s dream of finding good people in the world was crushed. “Bloom on The Great Gatsby” says this “We do not know what life Carraway will return when he goes west, but evidently it will be a life somewhat illuminated by Gatsby’s dream…”(Bloom). Gatsby will never leave Nick’s mind. While reading The Great Gatsby it tells us Nick is moving back to the west, most likely to find people of good
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