The dream and promise of America would best be described as the American Dream. The American Dream came about in the 19th century and is defined as having money, power and high social status. The importance of the novel The Great Gatsby to the dream and promise of America is to show the reader it is not always attainable. There is always going to be something someone thinks they need for the next step to achieving the American Dream. An example of this is in the case of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.
In his youth Jay Gatsby dreamed of having money, power, and high social status. Nick Carraway mentions in chapter six “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.” Gatsby had always seen himself being a rich man and after the death of his rich, high-class friend Don Cody, Gatsby did everything he could to achieve his American Dream. He sold drugs and cheated his way into to money and power. But one thing he didn 't get was the social status. To get this he believed he needed someone who was born into the upper class such as Daisy Buchanan. To Gatsby, Daisy was the final step in his dream. On chapter eight Nick describes Daisy in Gatsby’s eyes “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.” Though it turned out Gatsby’s false achievements and his endless pursuit of power, social status, money, and love ruined him. When he didn’t get what he wanted he realized he had nothing and no one really left.
Nick Carraway too wanted money and power, but he was more interested in being happy and fi...
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...promised no matter how hard you work. The main example of this is in the case of Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby spends all his life working to secure his social status, but his dreams get out of reach and he realizes he forgot to enjoy the little things. An example of how the dream and promise of America differs between each character is shown by Nick Carraway. He was less concerned about being in the upper class and having social status and more concerned with finding himself and having happiness. The last example of the American Dream shows that sometimes people are born into it. Daisy had always had money, power, and high standings among the classes and didn’t have to work to get what she wanted. The overall importance of The Great Gatsby was to tell the reader the American Dream is not easy to do, and sometimes no matter how hard someone works it will never be achievable.
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