The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald The American Dream is the fantasy of complete independence and self-reliance mixed with the opportunity to attain wealth through one's labours. On the surface, this dream seems almost enchanted, offering people the unique prospect of achieving success regardless of one's race, religion or family history. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an immortal illustration of the American Dream. Fitzgerald analyses the 1920s and expresses ideas of the American Dream being distorted from a pure ideal of security into an idea of materialistic power. Fitzgerald incorporates the aspects of both the old dream and the new dream in his tragic story to depict how the American Dream has been corrupted and lost forever.
(Fitzgerald 2) had this ambition in him too. He was a man who fought long and hard to earn his place in the world as Jay Gatsby. He had dreamed of transforming himself from the poor, young man that he was into the wealthy celebrity searching for love that he would soon become. Gatsby, as a child, had a daily schedule that he followed. He knew from childhood that he had to work for his fame.
Ever since he was young, Gatz worked hard on becoming a great man. This is documented in his copy of the adventures of Hopalong Cassidy, who was another romantic American figure. While showing this journal to Nick, Mr. Gatz professed, "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his mind?
Dexter made his own decisions and went where he wanted to go and he wanted more out of his like than being a golf caddy his whole life. In the text Winter Dreams written by Scott Fitzgerald Dexter is a worthy tribute to the American Dream he showed us that you can start from the bottom and have a very successful career ahead of you, Dexter showed us that if you work hard enough you can end up at the top, but you have to be willing to do the work, and everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful it is just the people who are willing to make sacrifices and want to be successful in life. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the story Winter Dreams and in it he showed that Dexter had the American Dream when started from the bottom and made his way to the top and had a very successful career. The story started out with Dexter working as a caddy at this fancy golf course. One day he all of a sudden decides that he doesn’t want to be a caddy his whole life.
Gatsby is in a sense the embodiment of the “American Dream” as he worked his way up from the bottom to the top all to get the girl of his dreams. Gatsby has his weak points but his strong points that led to his riches and achieving the all important “American Dream” outweigh them. His mark is forever left on the lives of those in the novel and his name remains known in the real world as well. The great American novel The Great Gatsby has become an icon to the American dream because of one fictional man who achieved it. While there are countless definitions of the word “great,” most can be seen in Gatsby.
Everyone in America has their own American Dream. These dreams may vary from having a family or becoming a rich business person. The American dream was strongest in our country during the start of the 1920's. America was just beginning to triumph over poverty. People were becoming more successful as a country.
Hands on the Wheel The freedom in self endowment has always been the fuel to the average American citizen and his drive toward success. In other words, Americans always strive to achieve the ever so revered American Dream. What is the American Dream? David Kamp describes the American Dream as "the idea rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."(Kamp). The dream lies deeply rooted in American society and the very mention of it lights a passionate fire in the hearts of American citizens everywhere.
In the past the American Dream was an inspiration to many, young and old. To live out the American Dream was what once was on the minds of many Americans. In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream was presented as a corrupted version of what used to be a pure and honest ideal way to live. The idea that the American Dream was about the wealth and the possessions one had been ingrained, somehow, into the minds of Americans during the 1920’s. As a result of the distortion of the American Dream, the characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby along with many others, lived life fully believing in the American Dream, becoming completely immersed in it and in the end suffered great tragedies.
James Gatz, shared the spirit and ambition on the American people and fought long and hard to earn his place in the world. He had dreamed of transforming himself from the poor, young man that he was into the wealthy celebrity that he would soon become. Gatsby, as a child, had a daily schedule that he followed. He knew from childhood that he had to work for his fame. "Jimmy was bound to get ahead.
Gatsby and his American Dream How does Gatsby represent the American Dream? In the cornerstone document to the United States’ society, a thing so dear to Americans as a symbol of their country’s values, The Declaration of Independence, it is said that all men have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This has always been taken to heart by all of American society, although the simple dream of equal opportunities and the possibility of “rags to riches” results which can be achieved by the strength of a person’s character and not the certain privileges they may have been born with. This radical concept was often difficult to grasp, and it would seem that it has never truly been shown in its pure form throughout American history. People have always managed to twist its simple values to suit themselves – to discriminate against those with less than they, or those who are different, the Native Americans, the Blacks. In Fitzgerald’s prolific novel, the Great Gatsby, ”the dream” and how it became sorely twisted in the decadent society of the ‘20’s is critically examined by the author as he cleverly personifies it in the shape of his titular character.