The True American Horror Story Essay

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The True American Horror Story
“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American Dream” (Tommy Hilfiger). In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby illustrates an individual who, through his desire and his overwhelming sense of hope, earns the American Dream. However, this is distinctive to Tom Buchanan, who shows the benefits of being born into “old money”. During the 1920’s, everyone desired “new money” in order to acquire the same social and economic status as the generationally wealthy class. In The Great Gatsby, the desire to obtain the American Dream drastically impacts an individual 's perception to others. This is proven through the materialist demands from Myrtle, Tom’s arrogance and Gatsby’s pursuit for happiness. Myrtle Wilson 's aspiration to obtain a lavish life is the primary motivation for her affair with Tom Buchanan. Her decisions from the past are what consequently leads to her death near the conclusion of this novel. Myrtle’s desire to obtain a wealthy and powerful life provides an explanation as to why she wants to be with Tom, whom she portrays to represent her dreams. Already married to George Wilson, Myrtle admits, “ [I was] only crazy [about him] when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed someone else’s suit, and didn’t even bother to tell me about it…” (Fitzgerald, 37). Myrtle’s materialistic demands can be further seen as her…

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