The American Dream By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1964 Words May 21st, 2016 8 Pages
In 1776 a nation seceded from the British and created an ideal for its citizen to strive for. The American Dream was a fallacy created to keep lower class people working hard and the upper class comfortable through the suffering of the poor. The holographic ideal of the American Dream continued to flourish through all of time and still today. In the pioneer days it convinced people in their comfy homes to uproot and move westward in the hopes of a better life, but all that was found was despair and sorrow. Today the American Dream urges us to work harder everyday, to never be home and spend time with our family, all in the hopes that we will not go bankrupt. But this is not life, this is years of empty promises that eventually dissolve into regret for the things we never accomplished. Even in the 1920s when the whole nation seemed to be in prosperity, there was a deeper, darker side to the affluent in which the most successful people were revealed as crooks and cheaters.
F. Scott Fitzgerald focuses mostly on the crooked side of the American Dream in his novel, The Great Gatsby, revealing the immorality of his stratum and generation. His characters all attempt to achieve the American Dream using different methods, some scrupulous and others, not. Those who try to save their dignity and achieve their goals righteously are failures and those who win everything, are the liars. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald suggests that the American Dream is not obtainable due to the…

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