American Dream In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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After the occurrence of World War I, the United States returned to its former self. A land full of financial and social opportunities for those willing to work hard, the American Dream. For many this was difficult. Striving and working towards this dream corrupted them. Many obtained their riches under the influence of pleasure. Fitzgerald’s characters in the Great Gatsby enjoy their lives in the 1920s presenting the void that results when pleasure and wealth become the ends in the people themselves. Especially, the hollow lives of Jay Gatsby, George Wilson, and Daisy Buchanan reflect that chasing empty dreams lead only to misery.

George Wilson chases after the things he can not reach. George is the owner of a rundown garage living in the
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Gatsby was born into a poor household. He had no wealth and no social background. He meets the love of his life and decides to pursue endlessly to be with her. He even claims “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Midwest- all dead now"(Fitzgerald 34). to get to daisy but in reality he isn’t the son of a wealthy family and his father is alive at the end of the novel. He uses these lies as a way of covering up so people don’t find out what he actually does, smuggling alcohol and earning money illegally. When tom exposes him “He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter.” (Fitzgerald 133). Gatsby 's image starts falling apart, the fake image he created brought him his own demise. After returning from the war, Daisy changes drastically from the women he once thought to a women of another man but Gatsby 's image of daisy causes him to pursue her endlessly and leads him to say “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before”(Fitzgerald 110). “Can 't repeat the past? Why of course you can”(Fitzgerald 116).Gatsby 's image of Daisy is an illusion mistaken for reality. When he leaves in WW1, Gatsby sets out on marrying Daisy. He returns to the states,builds up a million dollar fortune to get to her and expected they be together forever but to instead find out she is married with tom. He says he will repeat the past but it is…show more content…
Daisy becomes tearful and cries over his shirts “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before”(Fitzgerald 118).When Daisy cries and bows her head, she displays signs of interest in Materialism. She isn 't crying because of her reunion with gatsby but the satisfaction the wealth he has given her. This becomes even more evident when Gatsby 's experience and his wealth is questioned. Daisy becomes influenced and in the long run picks Tom again because she second guesses Gatsby as to the man she thought he was. She knows he is not of the same social circle and will return to Tom once again for his money and protection. Her pursue for money devoids her of true love because she will always choose the richer option. Before Gatsby went to the war, daisy promised him her love but despite her adoration for Gatsby, she wedded Tom.“By the next autumn she was gay again, gay as ever. In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before.the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars”(Fitzgerald 135).Tom gives her a string of pearls as a wedding gift. She is sad at first but get over it and marries tom who
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