The American Dream And Demise Essay

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The American Dream and Demise
The characters within The Great Gatsby have varying American Dreams, dreams that can lead to happiness or futility and deceit. Although many of the characters believe they are living their dream efficiently, a few people are not maintaining their dream to the best of their ability. Jay Gatsby’s dream leads to his demise thus proving his dream to be futile. All of the American Dreams combined invade Nick Carraway’s personal life and cause him to be deceived by his friends. Even though the characters within the book have varying American Dreams, each individual’s dream affects all of the characters.
Tom Buchanan was a profoundly arrogant man. “He is conceited, violent, racist, and unfaithful” (Great). Tom contributes to the fact that he was arrogant throughout the book through many of the comments he makes. He makes many racist comments while at dinner one night which made it clear that he believes people of others races are inferior to him. “…’It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things’…” (Fitzgerald 13). Tom also likes to be known for his years of playing polo. Although it seems as though his dream had been going perfectly well, he eventually degrades himself. Tom does this by leaving without a word to Nick after Gatsby dies. By doing this it shows that Tom only really cared for himself. “I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely…

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