Gatsby American Dream

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Broken Dream In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, there are many themes of American society explored, but the most prevalent is obtaining the American dream. Throughout the novel, Jay Gatsby struggles to live his own version of the American dream. The dream of high social status, wealth, and past love ultimately leads to the down fall of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is not born into wealth and tradition, but into a lower social class than that of his love, Daisy. After returning from the war, Gatsby decides that in order to court Daisy he must obtain wealth. Gatsby meets Meyer Wolfsheim, a known gambler, and a shady character. Gatsby tells Nick of Wolfsheim,” He’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919” (78). Later on in the novel…show more content…
“While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher-shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple green and lavender and faint orange with monograms of Indian blue”(98). This showcase is not even about shirts, but Gatsby showing off his materialistic property to impress Daisy. Daisy is a very shallow character and this is highlighted by her touring Gatsby’s house. Gatsby is lost in his search for pleasure and has lost his moral compass by this point in the novel. Daisy is a married woman and has a child, but neither Gatsby nor her see what they are doing is wrong. Daisy herself is not in the correct moral state of mind because she is aware that her husband is having relations with another woman in the city. In Gatsby’s distorted American dream, it ends up being the death of him. Daisy kills her husband’s mistress, but Gatsby takes the blame. Karma comes back to deal with all the immoral people and their actions. Tom lost his mistress, George Wilson lost his temper, and Gatsby is paid the ultimate price, his life. Gatsby’s American dream was attained the immoral way and he was only living for pleasure and in the moment. His dream of high social status, wealth, and his past love ultimately leads to his
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