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Fitzgerald criticized the American Dream in The Great Gatsby through Gatsby and Wilson and symbols such as Gatsbys car The American Dream is the pursuit of materialism centralism and idealized love Gatsbys character partially fulfilled the American Dream but kept on pushing for the final part of the dream even though he had lots of money he had to get back his true love Daisy The characterization of Wilson describes how he devoted his whole life to achieve the American Dream however both characters Gatsby and Wilson failed to make it come true both characters misunderstanding what the real meaning of the American Dream is Jay Gatsby believed in the American Dream The American Dream was corrupted for him as he traveled with Cody on his yacht in luxury and wealth to many places such as the Barbary Coast and the West Indies Daisy Gatsbys true love was his girlfriend that left him because he came back from World War I poor and Daisy wanted to marry a rich man He was determined to become rich and get back Daisy I cant describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her old sport I even hoped for a while that shed throw me over but she was in love with me too 157 Several years later after becoming wealthy he threw extravagant parties to lure Daisy to him so he could see her again Gatsbys character symbolizes the degradation of the American Dream He works until he gets most of the dream and instead of being happy he goes for it all and tried to get Daisy Gatsbys disregard for reality lets him think that love can be recaptured if one can make enough money Gatsby distorted the American Dream to fit his needs just as many Americans have and failed to reach their new customized dream Gatsby is not going to give up until he fulfills the completion of his
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