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The primary focus of the American dream is that hard work will lead to success respect and social status In Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby the characters show the deterioation of the American dreamEach character in The Great Gatsby shows the withering away of the American dream George Wilson works hard at fixing cars but never is successful in life He gains no social status respect power or wealth Wilson works hard but no matter how hard he works he can never be accepted into the social status of Tom and Daisy and will never gain their respect Wilson never gained respect from his wife Mytrle either because He borrowed somebodys best suit to get married in 39 Therefore showing that the American dream is a failure Myrtle Wilson his wife has nothing in her life She does not work hard and therefor has no success respect power or wealth Even though she is Toms mistress she does not gain anything because she is only being used by him She uses her body to gain what she wants Myrtle lacks culture and is very concerned about her appearance making her out to be a superficial characterJames Gatsby shows no hard work yet has gained wealth illegally Although he has wealth he does not attain anything else He has no respect power or success Gatsby realized that the life of the higher class requires wealth to become their priority and he realizes that is the only way which will allow him to be with Daisy When Gatsby fails to reach his dream all he has left to show for is his wealth which was not even gained morally Gatsby engaged in criminal activity as his only path to being among the rich His need for money had become so intense that he was in the drug business 95 He had entered a world where money took precedence over moral integrityGatsby shows yet another
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