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According to Americas founding fathers every citizen has the right tothe pursuit of happiness not the right to happiness but the rightto pursue it Jefferson granted Americans with the ability to striveto be a star basketball player at a height of five feet however therewas no covenant made ensuring the achievement of Americans dreams Infact most times Americans must settle with merely pursuing theirdreams In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald depicts Gatsbys grandioseaspirations as unachievable in order to emphasis the significance ofpursuing modest and realistic dreams Gatsby strives to obtain the image of an aristocrat by imitating westegg ways however he will never be regarded as upper class because he isnot from old money At Gatsbys party Nick and Jordan find theOwl-eyed man fawning over Gatsbys books Its a bona-fide piece ofprinted matter It fooled me This fleas a regular Belasco Its atriumph what thoroughness What realism Knew when to stop too - didntcut the pages Fitzgerald 45-46 The uncut books symbolize thedisparity between Gatsby and the west eggers Since the books are notcut Gatsby physically cannot read them showing that the books are onlya depiction of the image he hopes to obtain By not cutting the booksGatsby simply imitates the lifestyle of an educated west egger ThoughGatsby may have the wealth to buy the books he is not from oldmoney and therefore never received the education to read his booksGatsbys lack of education due to his heritage inhibits him becoming awest egger Later in the evening Nick meets Gatsby for the first timeSometime before he introduced himself Id got a strong impression thathe was picking his words with care 48 By choosing his words withcaution Gatsby illustrates the importance he places on what othersthink of him Whereas Daisys speech is much more free andunconstrained showing that she has nothing to prove to others insociety When Gatsby visits the Buchanan household Gatsby describesDaisys voice as full of money 120 By characterizing Daisysvoice in such a
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