Symbolism Of The American Dream In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carraway navigates the social drama of New York for one summer. Nick reconnects with his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom Buchanan, their friend, Jordan, and his next door neighbor, Jay Gatsby. The romantic lifes of all these characters grow complicated through adultery, summer love, and old lovers returning from war. Romances ignite in the summer heat, yet by the end of the summer, all the characters are left no better off, if not worse than in the beginning. These relationships are symbolic of the American Dream that all the characters strive for. He defines this American Dream as the ownership of property, including, houses, cars, and women. Fitzgerald argues that the American …show more content…
The main character, Jay Gatsby epitomizes the American Dream. His story begins as a poor man, about to ship off to the war. Shortly before he leaves, he meets Daisy Buchanan, a charming young woman whom he falls in love with. Gatsby believes that in order to be with Daisy, he must become extremely wealthy, and she motivates him to accumulate his wealth, and property, and fulfill his American Dream. Gatsby does manage to do all this, within a few years of returning from the war. He next enters the story when he has become exorbitantly rich, from questionable business endeavors, and has enough money to get anything he wants. The final piece in his American Dream is Daisy. By now Daisy is already married to Tom, but this does not disturb Gatsby. “It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy-it increased her value in his eyes” (149). Gatsby represents the extreme of the American Dream. He wants to be richer, and more successful, than everyone around him. He notes that “many men” have gone after Daisy, and recognizes that she is a common goal for young men looking to fulfill the American Dream. All those from the past have failed, but Gatsby succeeds. He is able to win over Daisy, and by

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