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Ms Ogarek Honors English Period 5 May 5 2005 The Death of the American Dream Websters Dictionary defines the American dream as an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity This dream started as our country started Our founding fathers had a dream of an America with equal opportunities This dream was interpreted by those in Europe as an easy way to make money and a good way of life Immigrants came to the United States of America in search of fulfilling the American dream they had heard of in their homeland As America progressed the dream began to decay and lose its possibly of becoming true for those who wanted it The novel The Great Gatsby portrays the eventual death of the American dream The Great Gatsby consistently presented the symbolic death of the American dream Jay Gatsby symbolized the American dream His entire life revolved around self improvement At Jay Gatsbys funeral his father revealed an old book of Gatsbys he had come across by accident It read Schedule The book contained plans for the day and how he would eventually get ahead Many of the plans were similar to those of the sayings in Poor Richards Almanac One of Americas greatest Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richards Almanac as a how-to on success Jay Gatsby believed that his plan would eventually work therefore fulfilling all of his dreams Gatsbys father let the reader see Gatsbys competitive drive and that his continuous work ethics existed all of Gatsbys life His father described Gatsby 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 Fitzgerald 182 At age seventeen Gatsby changed his name To Gatsby his given name James Gatz symbolized his past as a poor boy By changing his name to Jay Gatsby as he entered Dan Codys
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