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What does the American Dream mean to you To F Scott Fitzgerald the author of The Great Gatsby the American dream has been corrupted The dream has been transformed from security and happiness into a state of materialistic power and immorality Fitzgeralds tragic story of a young dreamer is modeled after the way the American dream is now lost forever to the American people As David Trask asserts in his essay the American dream consists of the belief sometimes thought as a promise that people of talent in this land of opportunity and plenty could reasonably aspire to material success if they adhered to a fairly well defined set of behavioral rules Trask essay Ever since Jay Gatsby was young he was determined to work hard and reach his dreams This determination is documented in his Hopalong Cassidy journal Gatsbys father shows Nick this book and tells him Jimmy was bound to get ahead do you notice what hes got about improving his mind Fitzgerald 182 This journal and Gatsbys everlasting quest for self-improvement is an example of the American Dream Gatsbys long life dream was to relive the love he had once shared with Daisy Buchanan Daisy in reality has become a person whose only passion in life is money and keeping her upper class status Gatsby partners up with a man named Meyer Wolfshien to sell illegal bonds and alcohol bootlegging since Gatsbys only goal is to make money to impress Daisy he has no remorse for being technically a criminal Gatsbys use of illegal practices and underground connections to gain his fortune are all signs of an unknowingly corrupted American Dream Tom and Daisy represented a class of heartless citizens who have reached success at the expense
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