Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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In life, most people set their goals to endeavor so they can fulfill them. However, once those goals are met, people are not as happy as they expected to be. The theme of the corruption of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, is the greed in his characters lives. This may be used to show how corrupted the American Dream gets when people let it consume them. This can explicitly be seen through the characters: Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson. In the novel, Myrtle Wilson is an extraordinary example of a character that has shown the corruption of the American Dream because she views the American Dream as greed and money. According to Fitzgerald he states, “When [Myrtle] moved about there was an incessant clicking as innumerable …show more content…
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In this instance, Daisy realizes that Gatsby’s destruction of his American Dream is his extreme growth of wealth through his sheer linen and thick silk shirts. Gatsby’s greed of wealth and desire for Daisy Buchanan destroyed and corrupted his American Dream. According to Tunc, “[Gatsby] cannot confront the fact that [Daisy] would never abandon her family to be with him, and refuses to acknowledge Tom and Pammy, for to do so would extinguish the nostalgic flame of their romance…In the end, Gatsby becomes Daisy’s victim of the American Dream” (Tunc). Gatsby has unrealistic fantasy plans for Daisy and himself. He thinks his love for her was forever because he cannot fathom the existence of Tom and Pammy because if he does, then the situation wakes him up out of his fantasy world and has to face the reality of Daisy not leaving Tom for him. Gatsby, out of greed and desire for Daisy, would do anything in his power to make sure they make it through life together; this is his downfall in the novel and his American Dream. According to Fitzgerald, “‘I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west—all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition’” (70). Jay Gatsby himself was manipulative in many ways to get whatever he wanted. Gatsby is explaining his made

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