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Gatsbys Pursuit of the American Dream The Great Gatsby a novel by Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its impossible goals The attempt to capture the American Dream is used in many novels This dream is different for different people but in The Great Gatsby for Jay 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 brought about the idea of a self-reliant man a hard worker making a successful living for him or herself The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream in the 1920s a time period when the many people with newfound wealth and the need to flaunt it had corrupted the dream The pursuit of the American Dream is the one motivation for accomplishing ones goals however when combined with wealth the dream becomes nothing more than selfishness Jay Gatsby the main character of the story is one character that longs for the past Surprisingly he spends most of his adult life trying to recapture it and finally dies in this pursuit In the past Gatsby had a love affair with the attractive young Daisy Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status he leaves her to gain wealth to reach her standards Once he acquires wealth he moves near to Daisy Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay p83 and throws extravagant parties hoping by chance she might show up at one of them He himself does not attend
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