Relationship Between The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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The ‘American Dream’

The ability to become successfully wealthy, popular, and most importantly, happy in America is difficult to obtain, unless one was to grow up in a rich, social, and happy family. Other than that, it takes some time and work. There are infinite amounts of views on the desirable American life that go back when blacks were still slaves and women had no rights, but one of the most common views, is the accomplishment to gain wealth and prosperity, and an equal opportunity for all American citizens. Idealy, the hope to gain freedom and a personal life of happiness is what any average person would want to obtain.When this concept is achieved, many would call this, the American Dream for the following reasons.

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With the Great Gatsby, the common view of the American dream is achieved through many of the main characters in the story. One of its important factors to the relation, is the valley of ashes. ‘A fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the form of houses and chimneys and rising smoke…’ (Ch. 2, Pg. 23 of the first Scribner trade paperback edition) In addition to its dark feel and mysterious grayness, this desolate area is home to a decaying billboard. Depicted on the advertisement are the Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, which are described as "blue and gigantic — their retinas are one yard high." Or in other words, evokes poverty and wealth difference between the high-class society and the lower- class society. Another relation to the American dream is the character, Gatsby. Gatsby is blindly in love with Daisy, who is Gatsby’s American Dream, and ends up devoting his whole life to her only to find out that she is too absorbed in the wealthy, spoiled life to understand any feelings she holds for him and ends up choosing Tom in the end. This particular resemblance of the American Dream could be seen as common because of the devotion to be with someone and not knowing if it will work out in the …show more content…
The concept has been around for hundreds of years in various forms. The views from its ever lasting history have enormously altered the ideas it signifies currently. Many are evolving to recently developed views on the American Dream, such as one that better reflects the values that this country holds true today. The Center for a New American Dream individualizes “...a focus on more of what really matters, such as creating a meaningful life, contributing to community and society, valuing nature, and spending time with family and friends.” (Source: B-3, The Center for a New American Dream) Having the goal to attain the American Dream consists of hard work and determination to provide and benefit the community in a positive way which then will bring people closer to what really matters. Commonly to make this conception possible, people need the feeling of want in order to make decisions that work for a particular situation. According to Melinda Wenner from livescience on the topic “Why Do We Desire Things?”, “The question of why we want the things elicits impassioned answers from scientists in a number of different disciplines, but some argue that we’re still a long way away from understanding our desires and preferences in any meaningful way.” This goes directly back to the American Dream and the uncertainty if it will became a reality. People generally lack many desires that could highly benefit the

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