Failure Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the American Dream and his inevitable downfall as he tries to reach this imaginary goal. The typical idea behind the American dream is too be happy in any means necessary and the characters try to achieve this happiness with large amounts of money and this leads to dissapointment and unhappiness in the characters. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby believes that one can acquire happiness through the accumulation of wealth. In the novel, characters perception of the American dream is perfection. Perfection is an unattainable goal and leaves the characters in disappointment.

Jay Gatsby is a clear example of the failure of the American Dream. Gatsby is living the American Dream. At first, he seems to be an honest, wealthy man, and is a great example of how hard work can bring one a large quantity of wealth and power. Gatsby exhibits that it is possible to achieve wealth and power through determination. Gatsby however, earned his wealth and reputation through illegeal activities including the bootlegging business. As because of the fact that Gatsby had to earn his wealth through bootlegging
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The usage of greed, selfishness, and arrogance have proven to be valued more than the simple ways of working hard, taking responsibility, having respect and showing decency in the eyes of the rich people in east egg. These people are blinded by their own missguidance and believe that money can buy happiness. They come to Gatsby’s parties uninvited, and talk about Gatsby in a disrespectful manner in his own household-“’Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once’…‘I don’t think its so much that… it’s more that he was a German spy during the war” (48). People tend to overlook the significant characteristics and in others, and find ways to ridicule the negative characteristics of the
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