Evaluation Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby tells the story of the class conflict, social status, and the pursuit of the American Dream in the 1920 's America era. The American Dream is the belief that every American should have the opportunity to achieve success and prosperity and to live a fulfilled and happy life through hard work, honesty, moral integrity, determination, and initiative. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents the characters Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jay Gatsby all following the dream of acquitting wealth, status, and success. But in the end it does not all go their way. First, throughout the whole novel Daisy is on a hunt to find true happiness .When Daisy’s true love Gatsby goes off to war she doesn’t want to wait …show more content…
Myrtle is so desperate for a luxurious life she decides to cheat on her husband George. But little does she know this affair is all fun and games but later on will lead her to death. Myrtle and George are referred to as lower class because they do not have much money but by reading gossip magazines Myrtle keeps her hope alive that one day she will live a wealthy and famous life. She believes Tom is a picture perfect representation of her ideal life and he is the only way she can make this life possible. When George and Myrtle married she believed she was crazy. For example, “The only crazy I was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one say when he was out" (Fitzgerald 37). This is a perfect example how Myrtle is materialistic because she doesn’t even show some excitement to the fact she got married she is so bothered by the fact George didn’t purchase a suit of his own. She views Tom as someone who can afford to buy his own suit for a wedding which is why she is so attracted to him. So she comes up with this plan that by sleeping with Tom she is hoping to inch her way into his lifestyle full of money, huge mansions, and fancy cars which destroys herself. Even when Myrtle is with Tom she likes to change her appearance so she can “fit the part” of a famous wealthy life. For instance, “She had changed her dress to a brown figured muslin, which stretched tight over her rather wide hips as Tom helped her to the platform in New York” (Fitzgerald 27). It is mentioned also how she asks Tom to buy her a dog on the way to their apartment. This is her time to shine and live her 15 minutes of the American dream she is chasing. In the end of the novel, Myrtle is killed along with her overall chance of any happiness in her lifetime. Daisy was the one that killed her which is very

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