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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald sees the American Dream as something corrupt and not easy to achieve The American Dream is made up of a long social ladder and it is often impossible to be accepted at the top of this social ladder In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as a good example of the American Dream However there is a fine line between what many think is the American Dream and what Fitzgerald thinks is the American Dream There is a difference between Gatsbys American Dream and the ideal American Dream of others The American Dream can be perceived in a number of different ways It can be optimism for the future Some people start out with nothing work honestly toil night and day and sometimes never achieve anything There are also people that have their familys financial support to educate them Finally there is the illegal way of achieving the American Dream Gatsby felt that the illegal way was the most appealing to him There are a number of passages that lead us to infer Fitzgeralds view of the American Dream Near the beginning of the story Nick drops the first hints that lead us to infer Fitzgeralds view of the American Dream Only Gatsby the man who gives his name to this book was exempt from my reaction-Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures then there was something gorgeous about him some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the creative temperament- it was an extraordinary gift for hope a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it
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