The Honest Truth of the American Dream: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Honest Truth of the American Dream
An Analysis of "The Great Gatsby"
Throughout history people pursue three simple concepts that they believe will lead them to a perfect life; freedom, to be independent, and the ability to advance and succeed in their life. These three ideas are major components of what has become known as the American dream, a dream that is beautiful in the fact that it provides people with hope and a goal. This dream is what caused so many settlers to travel to the new world, the idea of being able to be anyone they wanted to be, even in modern times it still draws thousand if not millions to its magnificent idea. Unfortunately, it has slightly changed into an idea of being able to own a big house, be with someone they love, and live a life of ease. This ideal life, which so many strive for, is unreachable due to the harsh reality of life and inequality of man. However in the roaring times of the twenties Americans were not focused on the reality of life but were more focused on the idea of freedom and independence than ever before, they believed that they were free to do as they willed; they drank, they spent money, they partied, and they lusted. In Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, which is set in the twenties, we see just this; we see parties, excessive amounts of drinking and love affairs.
In the book the main protagonist, Jay Gatsby, originally grew up as James Gatz the son of a poor German American farmer but despite this he turns into a cultural, smart, and rich war hero, all with the help of a rich man that he saves on a yacht named Dan Cody. For some this could be considered the greatest goal or accomplishment of all, the rags to riches tale that so many dream of but few achieve. In the novel, i...

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...nreachable to be completely happy and obtain a perfect life. The matter of fact is that the "American dream … no longer exists except in the minds of men like Gatsby, who it destroys in their... restless pursuit of it." (Pearson 645) Knowing this it is clear that the American dream is a beautiful idea, though, a nightmare of pain and failure to anyone that pursues too much.

Work cited
Fahey, William. F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1973.
Hearne, Kimberly. "Fitzgerald's Rendering Of A Dream." Explicator 68.3 (2010): 189. ` MasterFILE Premier. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.
Ornstein, Robert "Scott Fitzgerald's Fable of East and West" College English, Vol. 18, No. 3 ` (Dec., 1956), pp. 139-143
Pearson, Rogers "Gatsby: False Prophet of the American Dream" The English Journal, Vol59, No. 5 (May, 1970), pp. 638-642+645

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