Jay Gatsby's American Dream

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Did Jay Gatsby achieve his American dream or did he thrive off a false sense of hope? Throughout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, Jay Gatsby or James Gatz in which was his real name, achieved numerous goals but also suffered through grotesque events that ultimately led to his downfall. The setting of this novel is in Long Island, New York during the summer of 1922. During this time Jay Gatsby had symbolized the American Dream of many exquisite people that thrived and urged to live like him. The American dream conveys a juxtaposition of ideas in which are all dissimilar for each individual. Gatsby’s American dream was to unite with his one true love, Daisy, and run off with her to start a new life of their own. Jay Gatsby had illustrated …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s American dream had been to become a wealthy, socially accepted, writer, and to marry Zelda Sayre. In comparison with Gatsby, Fitzgerald was able to attain the social acceptance in which he had so utterly desired. Shifting to today’s American dream in 2016, words such as “materialistic” and “self-motivated” would be used to define this dream. In contrast, Gatsby fit more into the era of Fitzgerald’s American Dream rather than the 2016 American Dream. Holistically, Jay Gatsby had achieved the American dream during the 1920s, however he lacked to accomplish his very own. Gatsby had the glitz as well as glamour that came and went in the summer of 1922. Everyone wanted to attain the American dream in which they thought he had. Nick Carraway had even described Gatsby’s house as intricate as some “Hotel de Ville in Normandy”, thus portraying the excellence of Mr. Gatsby’s status (Fitzgerald 5). The reason the people of …show more content…
This was not only due to his demise but because of his hope in which blinded him from the forbidding truth. Also Fitzgerald was able to portray his dream thoroughly in “The Great Gatsby”. His dream consisted of becoming a famous, wealthy, author, as well as win over the love of his life. He had placed parts of his dreams within Gatsby to symbolize the American Dream in which cannot be achieved because of the utter blindness and downfall of a character. This then led to Gatsby suiting Fitzgerald’s Dream more so than today’s due to the technology as well as the times in which each dream flourishes in. Martin Luther King Jr. had also compared to each the author and the character due to motifs that prospered within each. In looking at Gatsby, he was a character of admirable value and hope with the uttermost planned out American Dream that ultimately descended him to his

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