Essay On The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Valley of Ashes: An American Trap

In F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby, Gatsby tries to reach his goal of getting back together with Daisy, but is unsuccessful. Other characters such as George Wilson and Myrtle Wilson are also unsuccessful in their quest for the American Dream. In Fitzgerald 's novel, The American Dream is an important theme challenging the values and truths of the American society. However, they all struggle with reaching their dreams and all end up dead. One of the most famous american values is that anyone can go from rags to riches, but is that really true? Many people struggle to reach their hopes and dreams especially those who have unfavorable backgrounds. The americans who fall short are often the
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His parents were “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people,” but this was the last thing Gatsby wanted to end up as. He had a powerful imagination and he “never really accepted them as parents at all.” He knew he wanted to be a wealthy man and after he met Daisy, he knew that he wanted to make money for her. Since America is the land of equal opportunity and Gatsby was hungry for an escape from the farm life in the midwest, he shouldn’t have any problem as long as he worked hard. Infact, not only does Gatsby dream big, but he works hard …show more content…
He would “rise from bed...6.00AM”, “study electricity...7.15-8.15”, and later “study needed inventions...7.00-9.00”(PM). This is just a small glimpse of his schedule and his initiative to escape poverty. As he gets older his dream shift from making money to pleasing Daisy. He knew he would have to escape the Valley of Ashes for her and become rich if he ever wanted to marry her. Since everyone in America has equal opportunity and Gatsby is an extremely hard worker, his journey out of the Valley of Ashes and towards his goals should be easy. However, this is not as easy as one might think.
Gatsby put himself on a path towards success and he is able to reach his dream of becoming a wealthy man, but not his ultimate goal of living with Daisy. He gets so close, but Gatsby receives the unlucky blame of murder and ends up as a “thin red circle in the water,”(162) very close to grasping his American Dream. This quote shows how flawed American Society really is. Gatsby didn’t start off with money, so he had to work for it in order to get Daisy; yet he ends up

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