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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that proves the American Dream if in the wrong hands is not a dream at all it is actually a nightmare filled with filth and corruption Fitzgerald uses his characters to show that living in the spotlight with all the fame and money that you can imagine could never add up to fulfilling the promises of the American Dream In my analysis I will discuss how F Scott Fitzgerald used The Great Gatsby to show the reader how the American Dream when in the wrong hands can prove to be fatal The Great Gatsby is a story about how a love for someone or something can take a wrong turn and can become an obsession for the wrong things In the novel the character Gatsby is infatuated by a girl named Daisy He is so obsessed with her that he changes his lifestyle completely to meet her needs He goes from a poor army man to a rich well-known man all the while striving for someone that he cannot have Gatsbys dream is to be with Daisy and he will do whatever he can possibly do to be with her I agree with Zimmermanns statement when she said Gatsby must have his enormous mansion before he can feel confident enough to try to win Daisy It was disheartening to me because it appeared that Gatsby must not have had any sort of self-esteem if he believes that in order to win the girl he must have the money Gatsby had the nicest parties the biggest house the best cars summed up it was the dream life In Zimmermanns article she quoted Thomas Jefferson when he said that people are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Gatsby was obviously trying to enjoy all of the things listed above it just wasnt working for
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