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An Analysis of Getting Your Goals and Dreams in Life and While Forgetting Your Family and Happiness in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Can the American Dream be Defined In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald we are introduced to characters who are chasing the American Dream We see that while these people are busy trying to achieve their goals they lose sight of what is really important in life such as family and being happy People spend their whole life chasing the American Dream when most do not really know what is the dream If the American Dream is what the media tells us it is then shouldnt the characters in this novel be living that dream The media portrays the American Dream as having a family with 25 kids a dog named Spot a nice home in Suburbia and a white picket fence surrounding it all This dream tells us that all one needs to achieve it is money to buy it and the opportunities to receive it The concept of an American Dream is a simple one but it is extremely difficult to define If it is truly all about the money then why are there so many unhappy people in the novel However one cannot take money out of the picture because someone living on the streets certainly cannot be living the American Dream So how then can one define this dream It is possible that it cannot be defined If the term the American Dream where to be taken into a literal sense then one could see it as an Americans Dream In this case the dream would be based on an individual basis and it will vary from person to person The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 and it takes place in the years right before the Great Depression Fitzgerald shows the reader the hollowness in that time period and he doubts the very core of American national identity the American Dream Jay Gatsby is a typical aristocratic man He spends his whole life acquiring money and
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