American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Essay

601 Words Nov 29th, 2012 3 Pages
Ever since the beginning of America, everyone has had a dream. These dreams vary, everything from money, love, knowledge, happiness, and freedom. Even in the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald focuses on the reality of the American Dream through characters like Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jay Gatsby.
Fitzgerald embodies the American Dream of money through Daisy Buchanan, a women of class and wealth. Daisy Buchanan achieves her dream. For instance, when Gatsby first invites Daisy and Nick over to see his house, Daisy cries over the kind of shirts Gatsby owns. Daisy says,” they’re such beautiful shirts… it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before”(Fitzgerald 92). Another example of this is
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The tale of an exploratory boyhood and wartime heroics that he himself tells is simply too preposterous to be true, but he backs it up with enough evidence to please Nick. By the end of the book, once all the puzzle pieces scattered through time are reassembled, we have a full representation of one man, spread over two images. The complete Gatsby shows a magnificent kind of determination that’s really quite mind-boggling – whether his goal is getting out of New York or reclaiming Daisy, Gatsby accomplishes them with amazing tenacity.
Throughout this novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald proposes to the readers that Gatsby’s American Dream is to acquire Daisy’s love. To attain his dream, Gatsby suggested to Nick, through Jordan Baker, to invite him and Daisy over for tea. Subsequently, Gatsby would invite them to his house and show Daisy and Nick around, to simply exhibit all the collected treasures he obtained (Fitzgerald 78,79). This becomes triumphant and the two, Gatsby and Daisy, initiate an affair. All Gatsby has left to do is to free Daisy from Tom’s grasp.
The Great Gatsby is bursting of American Dreams. Usually the American Dream is used to stand for self-government and the capability to make something of one's self with hard exertion. However, readers witness American Dreams of anything from money to women to love. Daisy, Myrtle and Gatsby resemble the American Dream in dissimilar ways

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