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In The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald the question arises of whether the American dream is possible or impossible Jay Gatsby searches for this dream throughout his life and it ultimately leads to his death The search started at a young age as we see when Gatsbys father shows Nick a copy of Hopalong Cassidy which contains the resolutions made by James Gatz for his self-improvement Jimmy was bound to get ahead 182 These are the words of his father even after James left his family behind because they were poor From boyhood to manhood we get our next look at Gatz and the development of his dream The only thing that is known about Gatzs life on Dan Codys yacht is what the narrator Nick tells us It was at this time that he began to remake himself changing his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island sprang from his Platonic conception of himself He was a son of Goda phrase which if it means anything means just thatand he must be about his Fathers business the service of a vast vulgar and meretricious beauty So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent and to this conception he was faithful to the end 104 So even before he meets Daisy the dream already starts off as being unworthy to the dreamer Gatsby After the adventures on the yacht Gatsby gets cheated out of the money left to him by Dan CodyThe next change that occurs in Gatsby takes place in Louisville As a young officer in the army he meets Daisy Fay From this meeting it is clear that the vague inchoate dream alights on Daisy and romantically transfigures her into a creature of Gatsbys imagination Miller 169 Daisy rejects Gatsby simply because she is rich and
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