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Gatsbys Pursuit of the American Dream The Great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals The attempt to capture the American Dream is central to many novels This dream is different for different people but in The Great Gatsby for Jay the dream is that through wealth and power one can acquire happiness To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power Jay Gatsby the central figure of the story is one character who longs for the past Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and finally dies in its pursuit In the past Jay had a love affair with the affluent Daisy Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status he leaves her to amass wealth to reach her economic standards Once he acquires this wealth he moves near to Daisy Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay 83 and throws extravagant parties hoping by chance she might show up at one of them He himself does not attend his parties but watches them from a distance When this dream doesnt happen he asks around casually if anyone knows her Soon he meets Nick Carraway a cousin of Daisy who agrees to set up a meeting He wants to knowif youll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over 83 Gatsbys personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want Later as we see in the Plaza Hotel Jay still believes that Daisy loves him He is convinced of this as is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtles
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