The American Dream By F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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America has been a land of dreams from its beginning. People immigrate to start a new life and reinvent themselves, but even the hardest working individuals have been mistreated. There’s so much to discover and to strive for. The American Dream is a concept that appreciates the struggles of those who live in America, and it’s something we’d all like to believe exists. Because, it’s so desirable, tales are often told about people who live a greater life after moving to America. Some like to think that Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby exemplifies a man who achieves the American Dream. While Jay Gatsby seems to be a great representative of the successful American Dream, his life truly shows the failure of the American Dream.
The American Dream is an exceptionally broad term. It includes ambitions of wealth, family, comfort, and anything a citizen or future citizen could ever want. Originally, the settlers wanted America to give them freedom and an escape from the harrowing inescapability of the European class system. The adventurous men were energized by their dreams of building a nation, but the definition changes through the centuries (Berman 128). Some arrive to escape their debts, and others wish to escape the rule of tyrants. Yet, the prevalent definition of the American Dream in the Twenties and The Great Gatsby appears to be the pursuit of materialistic comfort; everyone desires a fancy car, profuse amounts of money, a huge mansion, and a carefree life (Smiljanić). Gatsby,…

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