American Dream Vs Jay Gatsby

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The American Dream has been diluted and misconstrued by those who only see the outside into a greedy desire to live frivolously and materialistically. However, Adams saw and defined the American Dream as a wish for equal opportunity, where a person 's success isn 't based on people 's background or their material possessions, but based on their individual capabilities which allowed them to reach their aspirations. In fact, his definition even states, “It is not a dream of motorcars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable..." The life that was lived by F. Scott Fitzgerald 's infamous character Jay Gatsby corresponds …show more content…
Truly it is "the fullest stature of what he is innately capable". However his innate capabilities are not all encompassing and do not include the ability to achieve true happiness outside of possessions, something that is symbolized by his star crossed lover, the perpetually out of reach Daisy Buchanan. This shows Fitzgerald 's true opinion of the American Dream: he believes that it is something that is emotionally unfulfilling. Gatsby 's penchant for lying to cover up his rise to wealth, his lack of social graces and his location in West Egg instead of the classier, old money, East Egg show the garish qualities of his life and the things from his past he couldn 't seem to shed. These things further solidify what Fitzgerald was trying to convey about the American Dream that dreams can be good but, they can also consume a person make them something they are not, they can become convoluted and ultimately …show more content…
He has achieved his dream of financial and social success because he had the drive and the ideas or the "innate capabilities". This is one example of how he represented the American dream according to the James Truslow Adams definition. Gatsby basically made an entire new persona for himself, a new life even a new name. Originally James Gatz, a nobody, he had a plan unfettered by a social hierarchy much like the American Dream suggests. Gatsby was committed to his dreams allowing his dreams to grow, which can be seen in how he adhered to his plan. For example, things like "read one improving book or magazine a week". He also nurtured and amended his dream sticking to it even after his goals were pushed back because of the war. He was so committed to his dream that subconsciously, even his love was dictated by his need to achieve. He loved Daisy from the moment he met her because of her youth and beauty but also because of her wealth, popularity and overall social status. The one thing he idolized and loved was almost directly related to his dream because Daisy represented everything he stood to achieve. He was so committed to his dream, in fact that he lied and omitted truths to protect it and thus to protect his new self, Jay Gatsby. He lied to protect what he worked for, (evidence of him living the America Dream) his financial and social success which can be found in every aspect

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