F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “The Great Gatsby” is a classic literature regarding the American dream, those who pursue it, and the impact of that pursuit. The American dream originates from the early days of the Declaration of Independence where people had hope. It was based on equality, opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. In the “Great Gatsby” those dreams were not very different. The main characters, Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and George and Myrtle Wilson, all had the American dream of hope.
Nick Carraway was the narrator of the story. He is a character that is easily sidetracked when sharing his views. His dream is possibly the noblest. He wants to make his way in the world without the help from his prominent and well-to-do family. He moved to New York from the Middle West to learn the bond business where he encountered his eclectic group of acquaintances.
The first people Nick reacquainted with were Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom was someone he knew in college and Daisy, his wife, was his second cousin once removed. Tom was a cynical man who was already living the American dream. He was a football star in school and had acquired his achievements so young in life that he became jaded. His family was very wealthy and he never had to work a day in his life. In the story, he feels like his life is…show more content… She introduces Nick to the great Jay Gatsby. At first no one knows anything about him. As the story unfolds, Nick learns that he was a war hero that went to Oxford. In the beginning it looked like he was living the American dream of being popular and wealthy. We find out later that his dream was actually Daisy, who he met before the war and lost her to Tom because of his lack of social and monetary status. He resolved to win her back by making something of himself. He made his fortune by doing illegal acts but reaches his goal and goes after his dream of reuniting with