Amreian Dream Essay - the Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is defined as someone starting low on the economic or social level, and working hard towards wealth and/or fame. By having money, a car, a mansion, designer clothes and a happy family symbolizes the American dream. This dream also represents that people can become successful in life through hard work. Most characters in the novel have been corrupted and destroyed by the dream. The desire for luxury is what lures Myrtle into having an affair with Tom. Myrtle is attracted to Tom’s appearance and his money. She believes that Tom is the ideal “picture perfect man” represented by the American Dream. Myrtle is considered to be lower class, as she doesn’t have a lot of money. Myrtle sleeps with Tom to “climb the social ladder”. People who are upper class usually have money, drive fancy cars, and live in mansions. Myrtle isn’t one of those people, but wants to be one of them. This decision harms her marriage with George, which leads to her death and loss of true happiness. The hope for happiness is something that Daisy hoped to have, but by finding out she married the wrong man changed who she is and her over outlook on life. Tom seems to be abusive towards her, and rather does not seem to care much about her. She has a child, who does not seem important to her. The child is never around, which shows a lot about Daisy. Woman in the 1920’s all married for money, and not necessarily love. Daisy thought she had love when she married Tom, but in the meantime she only had money. When reunited with Gatsby, who she has not seen in a while Daisy breaks down and starts to cry. At this time Daisy realizes that she did marry for money and not for love. The chase for the American Dream and the ideal man to be with destroyed Daisy’s happiness. The ambition for something throws Gatsby over the edge. His love and chase for Daisy takes over his whole life. He feels
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