The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1047 Words May 18th, 2016 5 Pages
All man are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."- The Declaration of Independence. This is the definition of the American Dream. It was the idea that Americans had the right to freedom, opportunity, and equality. This phrase became popular during the 1920s. The "roaring twenties" was the era for change. People began to focus more on money and materials. Gambling and bootlegging became popular. It seemed like a competition to see who can have the best parties or who owns the nicest home. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses his characters and symbolism to show what the American Dream truly is. Jay Gatsby is the poster child for the American Dream. He has a large mansion, a nice car and throws lavish parties. He starts with nothing and works his way up to become a wealthy man. Gatsby is missing one thing that he wants the most; love. All he wants is Daisy to want him. He doesn 't care about the parties or his money. The only reason he became a wealthy man was to be with Daisy. When they first met, they couldn 't be together because of their social classes. Gatsby participates in illegal activities to get wealthy. "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay"(83). He throws huge parties hoping she will come. He was hoping his wealth will impress Daisy. For example, "He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them one by one before us, shirts of sheer…

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