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Character Analysis of Jay Gatsby The Great Gatsby a novel by Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals The attempt to capture the American Dream is the point of many novels This dream is different for different people but in The Great Gatsby for Jay Gatsby the dream is that through wealth and power one can acquire happiness To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power The American Dream had always been based on the idea that each person no matter who he or she is can become successful in life by his or her hard work The dream also tells the idea of a self-sufficient man becoming successful The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream in the 1920s a time period when the dream had been corrupted by the avaricious pursuit of wealth The pursuit of the American dream is priority for Gatsby however accomplishing his goals and achievements were spoiled with wealth therefore his dream became hollow Jay Gatsby the central figure of the story is one character that longs for the past Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and finally dies in his search for it Part of the American dream is being youthful and rich with a high-class social status Gatsby tries to capture this by going back to his past In the past Gatsby had a love affair with the affluent Daisy Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status he leaves her to amass wealth to reach her economic standards Once he acquires wealth he moves near to Daisy Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay and throws extravagant parties hoping by chance she
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