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The Death of Americas Ideal The 1920s although often represented as a time of irresponsibility was more accurately a decade of bingeing on hopes dreams and aspirations The illusionary ambitions of Americans however led them to many a downfall The American Dream varied from person to person but ultimately its quest resulted in a personal dissolution The fallacies of the American Dream are evident throughout F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby the novels protagonist begins as a generic success story of the 1920s He invented a more appealing identity for himself as a means of rising above his Midwestern farming heritage and to this conception he was faithful to the end Once a fisherman named James Gatz the essence of Jay Gatsby sprang from his Platonic conception of himself104 He meets one influential man who guides him to the better fork in the road of life encouraging Gatsby to make money by any means possible Gatsby involves himself in unlawful activities and prospers in turn But debatably his thirst for the Dream had not yet been quenched He had money he had power He was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves He wanted happiness His dream was that money and power could buy him happiness Obviously he didnt understand society and that was his downfall But he was a believer and he kept to the idea that he could be happy now that he was somebody His true happiness would only come via Daisy his love from long ago His dream was kindled nightly when the green light at the end of her dock was turned on This was his light at the end of the tunnel symbolizing the last stage in his plight for gratification He believed that if he could once again return to a certain place and go over it all slowly he could find out what that thing was This
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