Decision Making In The Great Gatsby

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In every American story, there is an individual that seeks the American Dream in some sort of way. Particularly in the 1920s and 30s, there are many who made risky decisions based off of this dream. In the renowned novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays these ambitious decisions made through three different types of people. Social status, love, race, and gender play an important role and are the main decision-making factors in this novel. However,as well as there are hopes of pursuing this dream, there are threatening consequences that follow.

To begin with, social status and love play an important role in the American Dream for most of the decisions made by individuals are based off of one gaining a true love back and a higher
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However, before he is known as Jay Gatsby, James Gatz grew up on a Minnesota farm as a poor, insignificant individual who yearned for his own personal American Dream which is gaining a higher status on the social ladder. For …show more content…
At this point, the reader notices Gatsby’s vow to escape the harsh realities of his life. He made it a priority to make something of his life and to not end up in the same condition as his parents. He knew that a higher social status means bigger and better opportunities that the poor and lower class does not offer. As well as a higher social status, Gatsby vows to gain his long-lost love, Daisy Buchanan, back after years of separation. Along with social status, she is considered to be his personal American Dream that he yearns for. He is madly in love with her charming personality and her alluring beauty that he can not resist having any longer. For instance page 148 states, “She was the first ‘nice’ girl he had ever known. In various unrevealed capacities he had come in contact with such people but always with indiscernible barbed wire between. He found her excitingly desirable” (Fitzgerald,148). At this moment, a flashback occurs where Gatsby is reflecting back on the first time he actually fell in love with Daisy. Gatsby is sent off to fight in the war , and the two are separated.

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