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The Failure of the American Dream In the classic novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Tom Buchanan George Wilson and Jay Gatsby fail to achieve the American Dream The American Dream is the combination of happiness love and hard honest work The above characters try throughout the novel to obtain these characteristics but fail in the end Tom did not live the American Dream due to many factors First of all Tom and Daisy werent happy152 with one another because they werent faithful to each other Tom cheated on Daisy and didnt even try to hide his affair from her Tom did not attain love with his wife because Daisy fell in love with Gatsby According to Nick She had told Gatsby that she loved him and Tom Buchanan saw He looked astounded125 Even though Tom had a relationship aside from his marriage he still was shocked that Daisy could do the same Another reason he does not reach the American dream is that he never earned his money his family were enormously wealthy10 Therefore he didnt work for the money that he had but got it from his rich family Tom is very arrogant according to Nick and got that way because he always had a lot of money at his reach and never worked for anything he had in his life Wilson tried to gain the American dream through out his life but did not succeed Wilson did not live a happy life because he nothing to say for it He didnt own a nice house or live in a nice area Inside the yellow brick building were Wilson lived and worked was unprosperous and bare the only car visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner29 The interior was basically a dump and not somewhere that anyone wanted to live Wilson had a wife Myrtle and she cheated on him with Tom
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