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Adam CohenGatsbys DreamJay Gatsby the central character of F Scott Fitzgeralds The GreatGatsby symbolizes the American dream The American dream offers faith inthe possibility of a better life Its attendant illusion is the belief thatmaterial wealth alone can bring that dream to fruition Through GatsbyFitzgerald brings together both these ideas Jay Gatsby thinks money is theanswer to anything he encounters He has the best of everything The fanciestcar the largest house and the finest clothes Jay has everything exceptthe object he most desires Daisy Gatsby believes he can win Daisy overwith wealth that he could achieve the ideal she stood for through his materialpossessionsOne look at Gatsbys past and it could be seen that he was destinedto get ahead in life Mr Gatz told Nick Jimmy was bound to get aheadHe always had some resolves like this or something Do you notice what hesgot about improving his mind He was always great for that He told me Iet like a hog once and I beat him for it 182 Gatsbys determinationto gain a large bankroll is a huge part of the American dream He believesthat once he achieved his financial goal it would lead to a better lifeIn America the car is one of the greatest status symbols Gatsbys gorgeousmachine is one of the most majestic cars created Nicks comments onthe vehicle describe its luster and there in its monstrous lengthwith triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxesSitting down behindmany layers of glass in a sort of leather conservatory we started towardstown 68 The use of the symbolic automobile can be seen as ademonstration of how an ideal based on materialism alone can be destructiveThis was the fatal car which kills Myrtle Wilson and indirectly leads toGatsbys deathAppearance is another important factor toward Gatsbys dream In hisquest to win Daisys heart Gatsby chooses to wear his best outfitthe front door opened nervously and Gatsby in a white flannel suitsilver shirt and gold colored tie hurried in
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