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F Scott Fitzgerald epitomizes his disappointment with the failure of the American Dream in his breakthrough novel The Great Gatsby The theme of the withering of the American dream is personified through many of its characters There is a strong contrast between the wealthy and the poor as the contrast of those pursuing the American dream and the ones that have reached it Fitzgerald makes a heavy point though in exaggerating the dissatisfaction and unhappiness of all characters rich or poor primarily in the characters of Tom Gatsby and George Through hard work and self-determination Gatsby comes to wealth and embodies the American dream But this embodiment is superficial because superior morality is part of the dream and is something Gatsby lacks Much of his wealth is achieved by the illegal sale of alcohol in a time of prohibition The most prominent aspect of the American dream is happiness which is Gatsbys greatest disappointment Although he is rich and can buy anything his mind desires Gatsby remains restless and indecisive about his own needs For months he has parties almost every week which are attended by much of New Yorks high society But he never enjoys himself because his only true goal is to be with his life long love Fitzgerald used the death of Gatsby without ever reaching his goal as a model for the naivete of hope Tom Buchanan illustrates the indirect murderer of the American dream Toms morals are tarnished by racism adultery and a sense of superiority Accompanying his immorality Tom is unhappy with himself and others Nick states Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart 128 Illustrating the high society of America as having short temper and a gift for gaining revenge Once he lost his temper with Myrtle Wilson his mistress and without a thought broke her nose Also after
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