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David Trask once said commenting on F Scott Fitzgeralds Great Gatsby that The Great Gatsby is about many things but it is inescapably a general critique of the American Dream and also of the agrarian myth - a powerful demonstration of their invalidity for Americans of Fitzgeralds generation and after Fitzgerald defiantly breaks down the societal boundaries of the 1920s and creates a new societal example Although the country was rooted in the American Dream or what they thought was the American Dream Fitzgerald rubs the gilding off of the sides At a first look into the book it seems as if Fitzgerald appreciates the American dream He shows a man James Gatz who had a dream and followed it to its end He considers Gatsbys dream so noble that he compares his path with that of Benjamin Franklins when he shows Gatsbys schedule for greatness just as Benjamin Franklin had prescribed many years before But Jays American Dream was truly not one of a happy ending This dream in terms of Gatsby was a corrupted one He hadnt become the self made man obtaining his money through capitalistic means he merely was a bootlegger He came up with a get rich easy scheme without putting in the hard work Fitzgerald clearly agreed that part of the American Dream is the chase to obtain that dream Even the so-called benefits of the dream money power and happiness have been corrupted by Jays get rich quick scheme The promise of friends in the American Dream is broken down when as soon as Gatsby is dead the lights fade and his so-called friends seemingly dissipate The happiness Gatsby thinks he has through obtaining the American dream is merely a fa that fades away as we see Gatsbys true character Clearly F Scott Fitzgerald understood that the American Dream when corrupted is no longer a dream but rather a facade Fitzgerald also shows that the Agrarian myth is
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