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Jay Gatsby the central character of F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby symbolizes the American dream The American dream offers faith in the possibility of a better life Its attendant illusion is the belief that material wealth alone can bring that dream to fruition Through Gatsby Fitzgerald brings together both these ideas Jay Gatsby thinks money is the answer to anything he encounters He has the best of everything The fanciest car the largest house and the finest clothes Jay has everything except the object he most desires Daisy Gatsby believes he can win Daisy over with wealth that he could achieve the ideal she stood for through his material possessions One look at Gatsbys past and it could be seen that he was destined to get ahead in life Mr Gatz told Nick Jimmy was bound to get ahead He always had some resolves like this or something Do you notice what hes got about improving his mind He was always great for that He told me I et like a hog once and I beat him for it 182 Gatsbys determination to gain a large bankroll is a huge part of the American dream He believes that once he achieved his financial goal it would lead to a better life In America the car is one of the greatest status symbols Gatsbys gorgeous machine is one of the most majestic cars created Nicks comments on the vehicle describe its luster and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxesSitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of leather conservatory we started towards town 68 The use of the symbolic automobile can be seen as a demonstration of how an ideal based on materialism alone can be destructive This was the fatal car which kills Myrtle Wilson and indirectly leads to Gatsbys death Appearance is another important factor toward
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