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American Dream During the Jazz Age the 1920s the American Dream was formed by the upper class society It was a dream of money wealth prosperity the need to get rich quick and the happiness that should come as a result of a booming economy The American Dream was based purely upon materialistic things The novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the infatuation one man had toward his American Dream his aspiration to fulfill it the limitations America set on his dreams and the disappointment of loosing his dream The true American dream is one of a self-made man becoming as successful in life as one can from hard work Jay Gatsby was a man who fought hard to earn his place in the world He dreamt of converting himself from a poor farm boy into a wealthy man of high esteem He starts with bootlegging but in the end he seems to be engaged in the theft or embezzlement of securities de Koster Gatsby was a mysterious man who was looking for love and wealth The Great Gatsby shows the misconception of the American Dream as being a life of prosperity parties happiness and an all-together idealistic world Many people in the 1920s tried desperately to buy their happiness but continuously failed They bought themselves the finest automobiles homes furniture clothing and jewelry Beautiful shirtsit makes me sad because Ive never seen such beautiful shirts before Fitzgerald 98 The Great Gatsby shows how materialistic people were in the 1920s Jay Gatsby loved Daisy Everything he did in his life was centered on Daisy She was something he wanted and worked hard to attain even though it would never be possible He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious wayand distinguished nothing except a single green light Fitzgerald 25-26 To Gatsby the green light at the end of Daisys dock was a symbol of money
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