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Scott Fitzgerald uses his character Jay Gatsby from his novel The GreatGatsby as a vehicle to translate the message of the American Dream JayGatsby as a character is rich and comes from nothing However in theend his riches and weak empire falls ending with his death Thefalling of Gatsbys massive empire despite all of his hard work showshow no matter how hard one tries no matter how badly one wants it theAmerican Dream is unachievable Jay Gatsby a young man of about thirty years rises from animpoverished childhood in North Dakota to a wonderfully lavish andwealthy life in New York City Gatsby does not however achieve hiswealth honestly One can assume that he gaines his wealth through hisparticipation in organized crime the illegal distribution of alcoholduring the times of Prohibition and trading stolen securities Hecannot stand poverty in any way which leads him out of collage becausehe cannot stand the janitorial job that was paying for his tuitionGatsby moves up in the social classes in pursuit of his American DreamJay Gatsbys American Dream is Daisy a past love Gatsby falls in lovewith Daisy as a young military officer before leaving to fight for WorldWar One in 1917 He falls for her grace her aura of luxury and hercharm Daisy promises to wait for him but ends up marrying the morefinancially-stable Tom Buchanan in 1919 Ever since Gatsby dedicateshimself to acquiring vast amounts of wealth in order to win Daisy backHe purchases a million-dollar mansion on the new money West Eggdirectly across the water from Daisy and Toms home on old moneyEast Egg He throws lavish parties in a fruitless attempt to lure hisDaisy back into his arms After all of this he meets back up with Daisy through the narrator afriend and a neighbor Nick Caraway He and Daisy have a brief affairuntil Daisy realizes Gatsbys money is not secure like her husbandToms is Daisy leaves Gatsby and retreats back into the safety ofToms
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