Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1408 Words Apr 19th, 2016 6 Pages
The American Dream was a mythical ideal in which every US citizen would have equal opportunity to achieve success, no matter their background. This dream also represents that people, no matter who he or she is, can become successful in life by his or her own work. The desire to strive for what one wants can be accomplished if they work hard enough. The dream is represented by the ideas of a self-sufficient man or woman, who works hard to achieve a goal to become successful. Unfortunately not all were able to achieve it because there wasn’t an equal opportunity. Only a lucky few made their dreams a reality, Andrew Carnegie being one of them. He was considered new money because he selfmade a recent acquisition of wealth rather than gaining an inheritance. He, and other industrialists such as J. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, became fortunate enough to strive in their career. There is also a character in the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, who was under this category of new money because he was an entrepreneur who became very wealthy. These men were the basis of aristocracy in the early 1900s. The new American dream was that of the Andrew Carnegies and the Jay Gatsbys of the era, and yet both knew that wealth alone would not lead to personal success and happiness. The gilded age and progressive era corrupted the egalitarian vision of the American Dream by the industrialist pursuit of wealth and power.

The notion that absolutely anyone could succeed was fictional. Men and…

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