The Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Corruption of the American Dream The Great Gatsby was a story about the romance between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It was also about the wealth, status and the American dream. The Great Gatsby was written the 1920’s by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The American dream was supposed to stand for independence and the ability to make something out of one’s self with hard work. In the Great Gatsby the American dream is full of corruption. It lacks morality, God, and has a high demand of materialistic things. Jay Gatsby symbolizes the idea of the American dream, yet, people like Daisy did not know he was corrupt. Gatsby was a self- made man who was successful financially and socially. However, he is different than the other newly rich people because …show more content…
Gatsby wanted to win Daisy over so he throws glorious parties to catch her attention. Although Gatsby loves her, he still sees her as a material asset because she is aristocratically wealthy. “…many men loved Daisy-it increased her value in his eyes… He had intended, probably, to take what he could and go- but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail (Daisy)” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby fails to realize that Daisy cannot be obtained by money while he throws obnoxious parties. Daisy is priceless and will not leave the aristocratic old money lifestyle. In contrast from Gatsby, Daisy’s husband Tom shows his wealth modestly. “Gatsby’s need for happiness through illegal and superficial means, as well his loss of Daisy, was the breakdown of Gatsby’s American dream” (Keshmiri …show more content…
Daisy lacks morals because she consistently betrayed Gatsby. Daisy’s first betrayal was when she married Tom while Gatsby tried to receive an education. It was then Gatsby was determined to get her back. The second betrayal was when she told Tom she loved Gatsby but then recanted her statement shortly after. The third betrayal is what led to Gatsby’s death at the hands of Myrtles husband. After killing Myrtle by running her over, she neglects to tell Tom that she was driving and not Gatsby. “Finally, in an act of ultimate social betrayal, Daisy fails to attend Gatsby’s funeral” (Settle 118). While Tom and Daisy may have also represented the American dream, their lack of morals, commitment and dreams ultimately contradicted

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