Doomed to Fail Essay

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Doomed to Fail: An Analysis of the Failure of the American Dream as Shown in The Great Gatsby The American Dream refers to the belief that in The Great Gatsby, all characters, rich and poor, are attempting to become happier with their lives in one way or another. In other words, they are working toward to attain the American Dream, but they are all making a fatal error: the American dream they are trying to achieve is thwarted by reality every time. The wealthy are forced to realize that, despite their influence, wealth, and power, they have little control over their lives; the poor are forced to realize that, though they long to escape their current social class and move up the ladder, social and economic mobility is nearly impossible. Since the society is divided, it allows the audience to see that the American Dream is impossible for all groups of people, and that the harsh reality of life ends up inhibiting its realization. Fitzgerald uses the division of society by geographical location and social status to emphasize the fact that though the American Dream is admirable, it is universally impossible to achieve eternal satisfaction, thus pushing the theme that the American Dream is an illusion because not everyone can get everything they want, even if they work hard. Society is divided by geographical location and social status Members of the upper- class are working toward attaining the American Dream but do not succeed Tom and Daisy Buchanan, the rich couple, seem to have everything they could possibly want. Though their lives are full of anything you could imagine, they are unhappy and seek to change, Tom drifts on "forever seeking a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game"(pg. 10) and reads "deep books with long words in them"(pg. 17) just so he has something to talk about. Even though Tom is married to Daisy
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