Part of the American Dream is the hope of advancing, in some way, socially; both Gatsby and the Joads’ fail the dream by doing the opposite. Jay Gatsby spends his entire life fixated on winning back Daisy, but when the time comes, he actually pushes her away. His sudden courage to reach out to Daisy causes her to tell Gatsby the truth that "Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom," she admitted in a pitiful voice. "It wouldn’t be true" (Choat, 2002, chapter 7). The verbalization of that decision is the final straw for their relationship, it is never exactly the same again, and he actually regresses in his relationships from that point on. The Joads have a parallel experience except it is death and absence that pushes them away from the American Dream. When Ma says it “Use' ta be the family was fust. It ain't so now. It's anybody," she means everyone has put themselves first, compared to before they left when they functioned as a family. The det...
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...y to take, especially when it concerns something as vast as the American Dream. Two stories, The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath mutually explore this topic. Both sets of characters miss the three main ideas of the Dream, social development, wealth achievement, and endless opportunity; therefore fall short of attaining the American Dream.
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