Values Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

In the American novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is shown that in the 1920s the values of the American Dream has completely changed. The American Dream is defined as being a national aspiration that every citizen has the freedom and equal opportunity to achieve prosperity, wealth, and happiness (Emin Tunc). Jay Gatsby, the protagonist, has entirely modified the standards of what it is like to live the American Dream and how to live it. Instead of working exceedingly hard to earn his way to the top, he cheats, and illegally makes his money. Once he becomes well off, he lives for one thing only: Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love. He becomes rich and successful to impress Daisy. He moves to West Egg, where the people …show more content…
Gatsby’s love for Daisy is not the only hint that shows that he is trying to live out the American Dream. Other examples include: his immense house, the parties he throws, how he gets to be living the American Dream, and what his death signifies. Even though Daisy, Gatsby’s long lost love, is already married off to a wealthy man named Tom, Gatsby is determined to “win her back” by exhibiting his wealth (Roberts). As Marilyn R. Chandler explains in her book Dwelling in the Text: Houses In American Fiction, “Gatsby’s house is probably the easiest among all the houses in our fiction to identify as the embodiment of the ‘American Dream,’ a notion that incorporates a host of moral and social values and romantic ideals in complex relationship” (Chandler). Gatsby buys his house for one reason: Daisy. He chooses West Egg because it is close to where Daisy lives, East Egg. He purchases the house to impress her, because he knows that she wants to only marry someone who has an abundance of money. He describes Daisy when he pronounces, “her voice is full of money” (Fitzgerald 120). He wants to show her that he does in fact have a fair amount of money. This is also the reason why he throws the magnificent parties. Gatsby wants to find Daisy, so he throws the …show more content…
Daisy Buchanan is the magnificent woman whom Gatsby meets and falls in love with. Once Gatsby leaves to go to war and never comes back, she marries an extremely rich man named Tom Buchanan. Myrtle Wilson is the woman who Tom has an affair with. Myrtle and her husband George Wilson live in the dull place called the Valley of Ashes. Nick Carraway, the narrator, lives next door to the mysterious Gatsby. Nick is desperately seeking to find a life better than the American Dream, and Daisy is already living it in her own way. As James Nagel mentions, “It is Nick’s mind, his experience, and his rejection of the corrupted surface of the American Dream, however, that makes The Great Gatsby one of the finest modern novels in American literature.” Because of Nick and his observations, it is known that Gatsby is trying to live the American Dream and that it is slowly crushing him internally. Daisy wants a man with wealth. She is “self-absorbed, shallow, and elusive” (Roberts). This is the reason Gatsby decides to live the American Dream. This is also the cause of Daisy being married off to Tom, since he is well off. Once she finally meets Gatsby after almost five years of separation, she is described of being “enigmatic” (Roberts). She is not sure whether to be happy or not because she is already married, but she still loves Gatsby. He surely wins her over after

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