In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald there were many different motifs used throughout the book. After reading the book to its entirety, I feel as if Fitzgerald is making a logical statement as to the future of America and her people. “And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s … He had come a long … his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city... Gatsby believed … future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... “ (Fitzgerald) Nick is reflecting on what America stood for when it was first discovered – a land of new possibilities, where everything was up for the taking for anyone willing to work hard. Gatsby had believed in that idea, but to Nick it seems that his Gatsby’s true greatness was in his ambition itself. While the pursuit of wealth, and the obsession with materialism, are important values of the United States, they also are the start of the slow self- destruction of the country, because people tend to lose and forget themselves in materialistic things.
“The American Dream” is reviled as the bases of settling, and colonizing the new world. Being able to own property, no matter your religion or status was very important to almost every early American. With the mass exodus to escape persecution from England many people felt as though America would be a great new start for them. Known as the American dream for a better, richer, and happier life for all citizens of every rank. This idea of trying to make a name for one another was one of the most appealing parts of this idea. It showed that if you worked hard and put in your time and effort, that there is an unlimited amount of chances for you to strike it big and really take a chunk out of the “American Dream”.