The Adulterated American Dream Essay

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The American dream is an ambition many Americans reach out to attain. In the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott F Fitzgerald the character Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the American dream. Gatsby uses any means necessary to attain this dream. Gatsby motivation for corruption is for a girl named Daisy. He believes materialist items and monetary success can win over Daisy. Gatsby is the prime example of how greed and corruption can ruin his perfect dream.

Gatsby naively believes that making a lot of money will make everything better. Gatsby romanticizes money. He believes it will rid him of all his problems. Gatsby becomes part of the “nouveau rich” crowd and this community of people are self-absorbed snobs who are very greedy. Gatsby hosts a large number kicking parties for many and any guests. Gatsby participates in shady activities but he feels a bit of resentment in himself for doing so. ...view middle of the document...

Those who have accomplished their goals in life are contempt and become unhappy and dissatisfied. Fitzgerald questions if it is really worth it to be a successful and is making an argument saying it’s not worth it to be rich and successful. He thinks it complicates things. For example, the Buchanan’s, have no real clear goal set in place. Gatsby has devoted his life to becoming part of this group, but he isn’t meant to belong because of his background. It should also be noted that Gatsby’s romantic idealism does not fit in with this group; no matter how far up the social ladder he climbed, he would never really fit in. The irony targeted in the novel is that those with the means to conquer there goals don’t have the motivation to do so.
Gatsby works all his life to become someone else. He believes that if he become part of the elitist class he could finally get the love of his Daisy. Gatsby tried to live the American dream and fraudulently made his way to the top. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (Fitzgerald 180) Gatsby never truly fulfilled his dream because he tried to do it the easy way. He

The shallow people who make up the social group of East Egg and West Egg are the prime example of the corruption that materialism can bring. Gatsby’s dream to go from rags-to- riches turns into a dark nightmare that leads to his untimely death. His idealism of the rich life doesn’t prepare him for the dishonesty in the West Egg and East Egg. Gatsby is surrounded by people who are successful and very unhappy. Tom and Daisy exemplify this unhappiness because of their dishonest marriage. They are both searching for something greater when it is unattainable. Gatsby is so blinded by his dream that he does not see that money cannot buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald critiques the materialistic society and the effects it has on the hopes and dreams of people.

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