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It can be said that chasing the American Dream is a never ending journey In F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby Gatsby seems to undertake great efforts in pursuing the life he wants to live the so-called American Dream The novel is Fitzgeralds vessel of commentary and criticism of the American Dream As he paints a vivid portrait of the Jazz Age Fitzgerald defines this dream and through Gatsbys downfall expresses the futility and agony of its pursuit Through Gatsbys longing for it he depicts its beauty and irresistible lure in a manner of which any philosopher would be proud The aspects of the American Dream are evident throughout Fitzgeralds narrative Take for example James Gatzs heavenly almost unbelievable rise from beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger and a salmon-fisher to the great ie excessive Gatsby housed in a colossal affair by any standard with a tower on one side a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden The awe in which Fitzgerald presents his awakened phoenix clearly conveys the importance of improvement or at least what one thinks is improvement in the American Dream it is not necessarily a life of excesses and wealth Fitzgerald defends as the Dream for the audience sees clearly their detriments in the novel through Tom and Daisy but rather a change in the style of life reflecting the equally-American pioneering spirit Love represents the other side of the coin of wealth as opposed to material wealth it refers instead to emotional wealth Whatever its plane of existence love plays a pivotal role in the American Dream in Gatsbys Dream Perhaps love is the most valuable of the aspects presented thus far of the Dream For example it is said that Gatsby revalues everything in his house compared to response of Daisys well loved eyes Sharing the same side of the coin is the need for
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