The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby revolves a lot around the American Dream. “During the 1920s, the perception of the American Dream was that an individual can achieve success in life regardless of family history or social status if they only work hard enough” (The Demise of the 1920’s). During the story Gatsby represents the American dream, he rises above his father and becomes the rich man he wanted to be. The novel also shows the condition of the American Dream in the 1920s. The topics of dreams, wealth, and time relate to each other in the novel’s exploration of the idea of America.
Throughout the book Gatsby represents the dream in which he was born poor and became rich. He also had to be a better man, he wanted to rise against his father 's marital status.
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Each character shows why this is true. First there is Nick, In the beginning of the novel, he related the story as a piece of his personal history, he 's telling us how things used to be. It is the story of which tell Nick how and why he is the way he is today. In the story Nick explains how he dreams of reading great books and of becoming a man of culture. Another character that shows the key topics important to the American Dream, is Gatsby. Gatsby is both a lie and a dream. He dreams of marrying Daisy and achieving great wealth. But on the other side he is a criminal, a lie, he has changed his name and his history in order to become “Jay Gatsby”. Gatsby sets out to be a new and better man, that is why he changes his name. He has to win Daisy, by leaving his old name and life behind. Both Tom and Gatsby 's dreams don 't come true, they are simply unattainable. They are a lie. This is why they both don 't really change. Gatsby doesn 't stop fighting for what he believes in, infact it literally kills him. When the funeral comes, there are hardly any who show, even Daisy the one he has fought for all his life, doesn 't come. Although he is rich, he is not rich in the ways that truly make life happy, he was left with few friends, family, and memories to be remembered by. For Nick, it 's the same thing, in the end of his big dreams, he moves back to the midwest. “The Dream …show more content…
During the story Gatsby represents the American dream, he rises above his father and dreams. The novel also shows the condition of the American Dream in the 1920s. The topics of dreams, wealth, and time relate to each other in the novel’s exploration of the idea of

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