Who Is The Great Gatsby Achieve The American Dream?

867 Words4 Pages
The American Dream is simple, it is to be able to provide for yourself and your family. The dream is still attainable, but due to a lack of motivation and because the dream has become blown out of proportion, most Americans believe that they have not achieved it. The American Dream has been built up to be obtaining large sums of money and numerous material possessions. The actual dream, though, is to be able to provide a comfortable living for yourself and loved ones. In the last one hundred years, the dream itself has not changed, rather people’s attitude toward the dream has changed. The majority of Americans have become more pessimistic about the dream and even when they have reached it, they still want more. In The Great Gatsby, when Gatsby and Daisy fell in love earlier in their lives, it was obvious that because of Gatsby’s financial situation they could never be together. Daisy came from old money, but Gatsby was born into the lower class and at…show more content…
Every individual has the opportunities to achieve the dream, but only those who put effort into it are able to achieve it. Unlike in some countries, it is possible for Americans to rise above the economic situations into which they were born and make a living for themselves. Gatsby came from a farming family that was not well off, but because he was determined to do more, he was able to achieve the amount of wealth he believed would be suitable for Daisy. When trying to explain how Gatsby had become what he was, Nick said, ”His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself…” (Fitzgerald 98). The American Dream is unique, becomes it allows people to not only dream of a better life, but also create a better life life for themselves,
Open Document