Comparison Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The ‘American dream’ is generally characterized by the way that people depict success in life. In a seminal text from a successful period in America’s history, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby shows how the ‘American dream doesn’t surround merely one definition, but rather the it is what we make it to be. Within the text, it can range from, wealth, fame, or falling in love with the man or woman of your dreams. In contrast, Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” depicts the life of Benjamin Button who is anything else but normal, which is unfortunate as the dream for most characters in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is to be just that. Both explore how the American dream doesn’t necessarily have to be the same for…show more content…
Some might say that he’s already achieved the ‘American dream’, but Gatsby’s dream couldn’t more far away from his grasp. The only one who ever truly understood Gatsby’s struggle was Nick: ”Gatsby, who represented everything which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promise of life” (Gatsby 8) Nick, along with many others at first glance thought that Gatsby had it all. It wasn’t until Nick actually met Gatsby till he understood how sad of a soul he truly was. Everyone took advantage of him for his seemingly endless hospitality. He hosted some of the most fantastic parties at his long island beach home. The remarkable thing was that no one could recognize the host…show more content…
Nick was shocked to find out that he was one of the lucky few who were actually specifically invited to one of Gatsby’s party. Naturally, he decides to attend. At the party, Nick spots Jordan Baker and decides to attach himself to her for the night. Throughout the night, Nick and Jordan Baker hear speculatory stories of who Gatsby truly is and what he’s like. This sparks Nick’s interest in Gatsby because although people tell stories about him, no one truly knows he is. That’s the beauty that Nick found behind Gatsby, that even though he seemed to be a man without a background, without history, he stood for something so much more. Later on in the night, Nick and Jordan Baker sit with a man and a seemingly rowdy girl. After conversing with the man for some time, he later reveals himself to be the one and only Jay Gatsby. Nick embarrassed
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