Ameicn Nightmare Essay

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The American Nightmare The American dream was a stereotype in the nineteen twenties that everyone who came to a certain part of America could get rich quick and lives the life of luxury. When we look at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, we begin to see the basis of this stereotype and the characters in the book that begin to experience it. The American Dream deals with almost at of the characters including Nick, Gatsby and the Buchanan’s. Nick Caraway was a man that moved to the east part of the United States looking for a fresh start and a new life. Upon moving to west egg, Nick finds out the beginning of his American dream. He finds that his neighbor, a man named Gatsby, was everything he wanted to be. He was rich and supposedly handsome and could get any woman that he wanted. Part of this dream looked possible to achieve when he was introduced to a woman named Jordan Baker. As he was introduced to the woman, he found himself wanting her and wanting to be with her. This generalization of different social class love represents a goal that Nick has set. Through Marxism everyone is created, or considered rather, equal in every aspect of society. The other aspect that Nick is looking at actually comes into play for him. He always envies his neighbor for being so rich, and when the opportunity is made available in the book, Gatsby offers Nick a job to work for him. However Nick turns it down. His American Dream is not subject to the pressures of society. He wants what he wants and he is going to get there on his own accord with no ones help. Gatsby is a little bit different of a story. He already has everything that every person in America wants. He has wealth, women and property. However he wants something else. He wants to re-establish the ties he once had with his long lost love Daisy. No matter how hard he tries he does not realize that you can

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