The American Dream in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The early 1920’s were a time when the economy began to soar, and the notion of the American dream began to take effect. The American Dream is the idea that anyone can come from any background and no matter who they are, if they work hard and stay true to themselves, they can achieve their dreams. The Great Gatsby, set in the early twenties, displays that socio-economic power is obtained through inheritance, forming an aristocracy of power and wealth. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, demonstrates how geography and location dictate where the social-class level of an individual exists permanently in society. Furthermore, illusion and affectation portrayed in the novel to conceive the image of power and wealth in a way for someone to attempt to become something they are not, this goes against the idea of the American Dream. Even when the American Dream seems obtainable it is restricted by unruling variables. Therefore, the American Dream is simply, just a dream.

Socio-economic power is obtained through inheritance. As a result, it creates an aristocracy of socio-economic power. In Gatsby, Nick narrates about Gatsby and his struggles with capturing his dream: “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know it was already behind him” (Fitzgerald 171). Gatsby has dedicated his life to work as hard as he can to achieve his dream, but he fails to realize he can never achieve his dream because he lacks socio-economic class, something he can never have no matter how hard he works. Socio-economic class is something that cannot be purchased, and because Gatsby did not inherit it, he can never achieve his dream. On the other hand, Daisy – a...

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...e it is determined by variables that cannot be made up or controlled. Where someone is geographically from cannot be controlled, but where someone is from controls their socio-economic status. In addition, the amount of wealth and social power that people are born into has no govern, but it too determines your place in the socio-economic ranks in society. Finally, creating or portraying a false identity and personality does not hide the other two factors that determine your class, and also goes against the idea of the American Dream. Since these variables interfere with perusing the American Dream, the Dream itself becomes fictitious and non-obtainable. The American Dream is something anyone should be able to capture under any circumstances, but instead it is decided by unrestrained factors that cannot be falsely. Thus, the American Dream is unobtainable and false.
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