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Jordan Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The Book The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott. Fitzgerald, is a novel about a man named Nick Carraway meeting a very intriguing man, one who changes Nick 's perspective in life forever, named Jay Gatsby. Jay is a character who shows Nick and the readers that the American dream is possible and that new money is just as grand as old money. He is hardworking and although the way Gatsby earned all of his money is not the moral way of making it, he does what he needs to make his way from the bottom to the top. However, Nick soon learns that he did not create this magnificent life for just himself, in fact, he solely created his luxury for the beautiful Daisy, the love of Gatsby’s life. Gatsby thought when he had to leave Daisy that if he became wealthy,…show more content…
He first tries to become rich the best and fastest way possible in order to impress the love of his life Daisy; however, when he does not win Daisy over, only decides to keep on accomplishing the part of his dream where is lives his life in luxury and money. He did indeed make a lot of money, but Gatsby did not make this money in a legal way. In fact, Tom, Daisy’s Husband, screams at Gatsby, "I found out what your 'drug-stores ' were." He turned to us and spoke rapidly. "He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That 's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn 't far wrong"(143). Gatsby always did dream of becoming rich and being able to win Daisy over, but he did not have a set out plan to do just that. He went around the obstacle of finding a way to become rich and started selling grain alcohol over the counter and cheated his way to becoming rich. Gatsby had to change his original dream of becoming rich for Daisy to working hard and doing what he had to do in order to become rich for Daisy instead. Nick, while talking to Gatsby for his first time states, “I think he hardly knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, ‘That 's my affair," before he realized that it wasn 't the appropriate reply. ‘Oh, I 've been in several things," he corrected himself. ‘I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business. But I 'm not in either one now’” (96-97). He went from one business to another in order to fulfill his dream. He worked hard and made his dream of becoming rich come true; however, the way Gatsby responds to Nick indicates Gatsby’s work may not be the most legal business. Due to Gatsby not being able to gain money legally or
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