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The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgeralds Great Gatsby tells a story about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals The American Dream has always been based on the idea that each person no matter who he is can become successful in life by his hard work The dream also embodies the idea of a self-sufficient man an entrepreneur making it successful for him Jay Gatsby the main character embraces this dream of happiness in order to recapture his past love Daisy Buchanan who rejected him due to his economic standing He achieves wealth and success through racketeering in hopes to win back Daisy It is this point which brings up a controversy among various critics It is a fact that Gatsby uses criminal activity in order to become wealthy The question is whether he uses this criminal activity to fulfill his idea of the American dream or is he just a common criminal dressed up in fancy clothes I feel that Gatsby is an honorable person He uses criminal activity only as a means to obtain the love and respect of his only true love His criminal activity is not just to acquire wealth it is to become one of the elite so that he may become worthy of Daisys love Jay Gatsby is not just a criminal who manipulates others he is a romantic who hopes to fulfill his own version of the American dream One critic Robert Ornstein believes that Jay Gatsby is great He writes that Gatsbys fantasies of love is the kind that keeps people from becomingtoo old or too wise or too cynical Gatsby is a Classic Romantic 33 When Gatsby finally reunites with Daisy he compares the great distance that had separated him from Daisyas close as a star to the moon Fitzgerald 84 Nick Carraway the narrator describes Gatsbys face as an expression of bewilderment as Gatsby listens
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