Examples Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is a concept in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success. All of this is achieved through the efficiency of hard work and dedication to reach that dream. People are lured into thinking they can have that dream if they live in America because it is the land of opportunity. The novel The Great Gatsby, is centered around the American Dream and how unachievable it is. Fitzgerald 's novel comments on how bad society is and how people dream unrealistically. The American Dream is hard to attain and hard to keep in any social class. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows, through Daisy 's dream, Wilson 's dream, and Gatsby 's dream, just how hard it is to obtain and fold on to the American Dream.…show more content…
Daisy 's American dream is to be wealthy and happy. Daisy 's American dream was created by Gatsby leaving her, this makes her want to follow her dream of happiness. For a person of her social class this is not hard to achieve because she could spend as much as she wants just to make herself happy. The famous saying "Money can 't buy happiness" relates to Daisy because she is so wealthy yet, she is sad. She admits she is miserable, "You see I think everything 's terrible anyhow,". This quote shows how she has given up on life because she thinks nothing can get better. She thinks she can 't reach her American dream anymore due to her being married with Tom. Daisy and Tom were once in love with each other, this shows that Tom was Daisy 's American dream at one point in her life. Since she is depressed now it shows that Tom broke her American Dream. When Gatsby shows up in her life again, she…show more content…
To him she represents wealth, love and status. Gatsby is part of the middle class because he earned his money not inherit it. She is all that he needs to be satisfied and to show that he is better than everyone else because everyone wants Daisy. Gatsby was doomed to hold onto his dream right from the start because he has lied about his identity. If he wanted a relationship with Daisy and wanted to show her a better life, it would never happen because in a relationship trust is necessary. He is dishonest which shows that if he achieves Daisy, it would never last because he lies to her. This is shown later in the book when Tom reveals who he actually is and how he is bootlegger. Gatsby has lied to her because he said he use to work at drug stores. Gatsby is very destructive to achieve his dream, he destroys her relationship with Tom just to achieve her. When Tom and Gatsby get into a heated argument for Daisy, the outcome is not good on either side He breaks the relationship between her and Tom because Daisy admits that has not loved Tom for a long time now. Daisy finally realizes that Gatsby just wants her for her status. In this quote it shows that Daisy knows that he wants more than just love now, " "Oh you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now--- isn 't that enough?... ". This shows that he wants to be part of Daisy 's status because if she breaks up with Tom, he will
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