The American Dream Wrong

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The American Dream has been one of the most revered ideas in the past few centuries, and many people all around the world embrace it, but there is something important everyone should know about the American Dream. It’s almost impossible. Don’t get me wrong, t is a benefit to come to America to work because America has freedoms some countries don’t have, but the success here is far from guaranteed. One will only gain success if he or she work hard, and even working hard does not always yield success. Many people end up learning the hard way that sometimes good is not good enough, and America is not an easy place to achieve one’s dream. Such is the case with Jay Gatsby, a character in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gatsby started dirt …show more content…
Later in the book, we find out that all this wealth and fame of Gatsby’s is only to be on the same social status as Daisy. When they dated about five years earlier, Daisy’s family did not approve of him because of his lack of wealth. So, Daisy was forced to “say goodbye to [Gatsby], who was going overseas… she wasn’t on speaking terms with her family for several months” (77). Daisy grew up rich, so it was frowned upon for her to be seeing a man whose family did not share that economic success. As a result, they had to break up when Gatsby went to go fight in the war. However, Gatsby never forgot her and always dreamed of becoming rich and thus, winning her back. When he finally did become rich, he bought a humongous house right across the bay from her. Gatsby then started throwing grandiose parties, and he “expect[ed] her to wander in to one of his parties, some night, but she never did. Then he began asking people casually if they knew her, and [Jordan] was the first one he found.” (81). The reason Gatsby threw such extravagant parties was to show off his wealth. However, it was all aimed at one person: Daisy. Gatsby never wanted to be only rich and famous. His whole American Dream of gaining all this money was to win her hand. Fitzgerald’s beliefs once again play a huge part here in the story’s plot. He knows that just because he has accomplished one part of his American Dream does not mean he will complete it. Fitzgerald is extremely pessimistic here when showing how difficult it is to accomplish the dream even for someone with that much going for him. Until Daisy falls in love with him again and they live happily ever after, Gatsby will never be

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