American Dream

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The American dream never died, but did it ever exist in the first place? In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American dream is important to a man named Jay Gatsby. As a young boy Gatsby grew up having large dreams and goals. He left his home and his family to do whatever he needed to achieve his dreams. As a young adult, he still strived for the success even if it meant ending something in a tragedy. Gatsby is a great man that is ambitious, wealthy and, generous. Gatsby is great because he is ambitious. He has an extraordinary gift of hope. For example, “This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament”-it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.” (6). This quote shows Gatsby is one of a kind. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, says he has found things in Gatsby that he has never found in anyone else. Gatsby is determined to get Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s secret love, to fall back in love with him. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night,” went on Jordan, “but she never did. Then he began asking people casually if they knew her, and I was the first one he found” (84). Gatsby throws extravagant parties hoping one day Daisy will wander in but she never does. He desperately desires to see Daisy and will not stop until he is successful. Even as a young boy Gatsby is ambitious. This quote from the novel reads, “Rise from bed ……………………….. 6:00 A.M. Dumbbell exercise and wall-scaling … 6.15-6.30 “ Study electricty, etc .…………………. 7.15-8.15 “ Work …………………………………. ... ... middle of paper ... ... a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room” (94). Gatsby was delighted to catch up and to finally see Daisy. The way he glowed after getting to see Daisy is a special kind of charm. He wants to live the American dream with Daisy. Gatsby works his charming ways to try to win over Daisy heart. Gatsby is great. He is ambitious, generous, and charming. The writer of the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants the readers to learn that no matter how hard you work or how hard you try you will not always end up with what you want. Gatsby worked hard for Daisy. All he wanted was to live the American dream with her. Gatsby’s life got cut short, and Daisy never felt the same way that Gatsby felt. F. Scott Fitzgerald taught the readers a lesson by showing that you can work hard but, the outcome will not always be in your favor.
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