The Great Gatsby (Ambition and American Dream)

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During the 1920's America was a country of great ambition, despair and disappointment. The novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of this decade, it illustrates the burning passion one man has toward his "American Dream" and the different aspects of the dream. Fitzgerald's work is a reflection of America during his lifetime. The Great Gatsby shows the ambition of one man's reach for his "American Dream," the disappointment of losing this dream and the despair of his loss. America, 1920, the ambition in people soared; the American people knew that if they tried they could succeed. With the introduction flappers and the women's liberation movement nothing was impossible to achieve. James Gatz, "[. . .] the man who gives his name to this book [. . .]" (Fitzgerald 2) had this ambition in him too. He was a man who fought long and hard to earn his place in the world as Jay Gatsby. He had dreamed of transforming himself from the poor, young man that he was into the wealthy celebrity searching for love that he would soon become. Gatsby, as a child, had a daily schedule that he followed. He knew from childhood that he had to work for his fame. "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something" (175). Gatsby's ambition lay not only in his future, but as he grew older it would be found in his love. He had an obsession with Daisy Buchanan and tried everything in his power to bring things back to they way they used to be when they first met. He thought he could relive the past. He threw lavish parties to get her attention, he did everything in his power to be near her. " ‘Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay' " (79) He earned his wealth so that they could finally be together. Like Gatsby, the American people of the 1920's followed their hearts, and had an

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