Essay On The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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Young people dream of adventure, far of places, or their prince charming, but as they grow older they tend to dream of money, power, and success. When a person gets power, success, or money will it really going to make them happy though? If it doesn’t make a person happy then what do they get from it? F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, has his own opinion of the American Dream and of all the power, money, and success. Fitzgerald depicts Gatsby, a man who achieved the American Dream, to show how meaningless it is. Through Gatsby, the reader sees that the American Dream is not only false, but it’s hopeless and only brings Gatsby pain and struggle in the race for all of the power and money.
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In the end it only brought death and sadness to Gatsby. Nick speaks of Gatsby putting himself into his shoes and says, “what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass.” (161) Daisy is the soft and beautiful rose, but underneath the sweet exterior she is ugly and causes a lot of Gatsby’s pain. Daisy ruined his dream a dream that was just beginning, the reader can see that his dream is, “raw” and “scarcely created”. Gatsby shows us that no matter how hard he tried there were others there that were better of so that they would always have the upper hand. Furthermore towards the end of the novel Fitzgerald writes, “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that the could hardly fail to grasp it.” (180) Gatsby never did reach his goal it was always the unattainable “green light” across the lake. Which is used to show that all of the money and power in the world aren’t going to make you happy because it is the people around him that love him that will make him feel happiness. Which is why he kept reaching for Daisy because he thought that she would love him the same way she did when they were younger, but it was different and money and life got in the

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