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Discovery Individualism and the pursuit of happiness this is the American Dream Or at least what it used to be People live their whole lives trying to accomplish this dream but few actually do why How are the odds not in the favor of a million and more citizens Its because the American Dream no longer exists Laziness easy money and light-hearted values have corrupted the American Dream The Great Gatsby at first seems like a story about a man Jay Gatsby and his lost love This is true however underneath it all theres a less attractive plot the truth about Americans the hypocritical materialistic America We are all chasing after something but is it to better ourselves or just another dollar in our pocket The Great Gatsby is much like an autobiography of F Scott Fitzgerald Although the names and the geographical locations are different there are undeniable similarities between Fitzgeralds life and The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald grew up in the Midwest St Paul Minnesota During his schooling he was a mediocre student but he was still accepted into Princeton an Ivy League college Fitzgerald dropped out and joined the army near the end of World War I When he was enlisted he was stationed at a camp in Alabama where he fell in love with a beautiful young woman Zelda which was the candy apple to every soldiers eye She was a wild rich seventeen year old who lived life dangerously She never thought much of the boys hearts she broke as long as she got a kick out of it in the end Nonetheless Fitzgerald was determined to marry her he had no money and no social recognition her parents frowned on him and he couldnt support her lavish lifestyle Zelda did accept Fitzgeralds proposal but she put the wedding off until Fitzgerald could prove that he could support her the way she wanted With the publication of This Side of Paradise
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