The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"I found myself on Gatsby 's side, and alone" (Fitzgerald 164). The American Dream is viewed differently from person to person, but overall, the American Dream is the ability to forget about the past and become the person you have always wanted to be. Through hard work and determination, an American can become anything or anyone they want to be. This idea can often become corrupted and misinterpreted. Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has a corrupted view of the American Dream. Gatsby tells people that he is a well educated Oxford man, he went to war and received a medal for his bravery, and inherited his wealth from his parents who lived in the Mid-West. But unfortunately, it is all a lie. Jay Gatsby 's real name is James …show more content…
Every weekend Gatsby throws a colossal party at his mansion. He has one of the biggest estates in West Egg and is one of the richest people in New York. People all over town know the name Jay Gatsby because of his massive parties and wealth. Before one of Gatsby 's parties, Nick narrates, "I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited–they went there. They got into automobiles, which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby 's door" (41). The parties that Gatsby throws are very exquisite. Thousands of people come from all over New York to Gatsby 's house, but they are not invited. People do not need to see an invitation to know that Gatsby is throwing a party; people just simply know. Everyone knows Gatsby. His parties make it seem as if Gatsby is very popular and sociable. Although Gatsby is viewed like some sort of celebrity, he does not have any true connections with anyone. Everyone seems to know the name Gatsby and everyone definitely knows about Gatsby 's parties, but no one truly knows who Gatsby is and no one can say that Gatsby is a friend. Gatsby, "[has] no comfortable family standing behind him" (149). Nick narrates this statement very clearly. Gatsby has no one that cares about him in his life. He has no one to count on if he gets into trouble and no one to pick him up if gets knocked …show more content…
Unfortunately, everything is not how it appears. Gatsby made his wealth illegally through bootlegging and he appears to have many friends, but he possesses no true relationships. I believe that Gatsby is very insecure about who he is and he hides his insecurity behind his wealth and his parties. He throws money in people 's faces so others cannot find out about how insecure he really is. This can all be related to the presidential race that is occurring now. Instead of hiding behind money, the republicans hide behind their insults. When they are asked a question they do not know the answer to, they begin to insult one another. They try to trick Americans into believing every other candidate, expect for themselves, is flawed. Similarly, Gatsby 's lies deceive people into thinking he is a god-like figure, but his wealth and ambitions were all an obstacle in his life and in the end of everything, he has

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