The Great Gatsby Essay

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The American dream has always been a driving force in the lives of Americans. The need for a better life through hard work and perseverance, something no one but the hard working American understood. The dream also embodies the idea of a self-sufficient man, an entrepreneur making it successful for himself through hard work. The characters in F.Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby do not follow the path of righteousness and honest labour to achieve the dream. Instead they inherited, cheated and participated in illegal dealings to achieve the wealth they now have and a false sense of achievement of the American dream. Four characters in particular stand out a great deal, Tom and Daisy Buchanan have squandered their pursuit of the dream through the way they treated people and acted. Next is Jay Gatsby a man who gave up hard work and an honest way of living to further himself towards a corrupted dream. Lastly Jordan Baker is construed by the fakeness of money and social standing being the pinnacle of the dream, and through her doings she corrupts it. The pursuit of the American dream is corrupted by the way the characters pursue it. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are carless people who are mislead by money and the idea that since they have money they should not face any consequences for anything this leads to the corruption of the American dream for them. First off Tom cheats on Daisy on a regular basis, he does not even think twice about what he is doing to his family and could not care less of what other people think of him and his doings. A time when Nick was invited for lunch at the Buchanan residence Tom took a call from his mistress during the lunch “The butler came and murmured something close to Tom’s ear whereupon Tom frowned, pushed back his chair and without a word went inside… ‘You mean you don’t know?’… ‘Tom’s got some woman in New York.’ “(19). Through the

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