The American Dream In 'The Great Gatsby'
English 11, Per. 8
12 May 2015
An “American Dream”
According to an article in the USA Today, “Leading Fitzgerald scholar James L. W. West III calls The Great Gatsby ‘a national scripture. It embodies the American spirit, the American will to reinvent oneself.’ Gaz, the nobody from nowhere reinvents himself as Jay Gatsby born in a rich family, and becomes to be wealthy by his hardworking. 'It 's the Great American Dream, ' says Jeff Nilsson, historian for the bimonthly The Saturday Evening Post, ‘Americans pay a great price for that dream’.The American dream is tempting while it costs much for people to realize it. Same as people in the 1920s, today people are still pursuing possessions and defining themselves by what they own but not who they are”. (Rance King) It’s worthy to consider the value of The Great Gatsby to our society.
The motivation drives Gatsby to be among the wealthy rank is not greed but crazy love for Daisy. Since he was very young he set strict rules for himself in order to be a man like Franklin. After refused by Daisy when he was still in the army, he made his mind to be wealthy enough to marry Daisy. Meeting Cody is the turning point of Gatsby’s life. Cody is an old man who is addicted to alcohol, and he loves a grasping woman called Ella Kaye, while what Ella Kaye loves is Cody’s wealth but not Cody himself. “A few days after Ella Kaye’s arriving, Cody dies and then she takes away all his heritage. Through Nick’s statement about Cody’s…