Work Ethics In The Great Gatsby

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The American dream in accordance to Jim Cullen is that if you stay in school and become successful and work hard, you will be able to achieve the american dream as well move up in socal classes. The elements that is demonstrated in cullen american dream is social mobility which is the moving up in socal classes and the second element demonstrated work ethics. Work ethic is the ability to work hard so you can become successful. These two elements of the American dream reflects in the Great Gatsby and other non-fiction text because this is attainable, and has been already accomplish. This is important in modern day because everything is about money and power. The harder you work the more money you get. The successful you become and the higher…show more content…
Show that social mobility is actually attainable. This was seen in chapter 6 in the Great Gatsby when having to learn the truth about Gatsby’s early life. Gatsby dropped out of college after two weeks, his occupation was an humiliating janitorial worker by means of which he paid his tuition. He worked on Lake Superior the next summer fishing for salmon and digging for clams. One day, he saw a yacht owned by Dan Cody, a wealthy copper mogul, and rowed out to warn him about an impending storm. The grateful Cody took young Gatz, and named him Jay Gatsby, on board his yacht as his personal assistant. Traveling with Cody, Gatsby fell in love with wealth and luxury. Gatsby then dedicated himself to becoming a wealthy and successful man. According to Mr.Fitzgerald “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” This quote demonstrates that Fitzgerald continues to explore the theme of social class by illustrating the contempt with which the aristocratic East Eggers. Also further explores the topic of social class as it relates to Gatsby. Nick’s description of Gatsby’s early life reveals the sensitivity to status that spurs Gatsby on. His humiliation at having to work as a janitor in college contrasts with the promise that he experiences when he meets Dan Cody, who represents the attainment of everything that Gatsby wants. Acutely aware of his poverty, the young Gatsby develops a powerful obsession with amassing wealth and

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