The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carraway navigates the social drama of New York for one summer. Nick reconnects with his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom Buchanan, their friend, Jordan, and his next door neighbor, Jay Gatsby. The romantic lifes of all these characters grow complicated through adultery, summer love, and old lovers returning from war. Romances ignite in the summer heat, yet by the end of the summer, all the characters are left no better off, if not worse than in the beginning. These relationships are symbolic of the American Dream that all the characters strive for. He defines this American Dream as the ownership of property, including, houses, cars, and women. Fitzgerald argues that the American Dream is an artificial goal that can be attained, but those who are able to attain it still ultimately have nothing to show for it.
The first point Fitzgerald proves, is that the American Dream is in fact attainable, and several of the characters, including Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Jordan Baker, are able to fulfill the American Dream. The main character, Jay Gatsby epitomizes the American Dream. His story begins as a poor man, about to ship off to the war. Shortly before he leaves, he meets Daisy Buchanan, a charming young woman whom he falls in love with. Gatsby believes that in order to be with Daisy, he must become extremely wealthy, and she motivates him to accumulate his wealth, and property, and fulfill his American…

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