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The Great Gatsby written by F Scott Fitzgerald is a portrayal of the withering of the American Dream The American Dream promises prosperity and self-fulfillment as rewards for hard work and self-reliance A product of the frontier and the west the American Dream challenges people to have dreams and strive to make them real Historically the Dream represents the image of believing in the goodness of nature However the American Dream can be interpreted in different ways While some may strive for spiritual goodness and excellence others take the dream to represent purely materialistic values This is the case of Jay Gatsby and Fitzgerald shows this through conflict and symbolism that such a materialistic interpretation of the American Dream is the very cause of Gatsbys downfall This blured version of the American Dream is represented primarily by the conflict between the newly rich and the established rich the East Eggers and the West Eggers West Egg is the home of Jay Gatsby and those like him who have made huge fortunes but who lack the traditions that come with inherited wealth The West eggers live in a crude world coming from the adoption of wealth as their only standard in achieving the American Dream The East Eggers represented in The Great Gatsby by the Buchanans have the ingerited traditions that come with wealth and lack the crudeness of the West Eggers They have been corrupted by the ease that their money has provided Due to their inherited traditions the East Eggers naturally regard any change in the social hierarchy as a threat to the entire structure of society An example of this is shown when Tom Buchanan makes a remark about the separation of the family and eventual intermarriage between black and white The idea is if we dont look out the white race will be utterly submerged Its all scientific stuff its been proved Its up to us
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