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In F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby although the protagonist Jay Gatsby is an example of a tragic hero his flaws lead him to remain a failure which symbolize the failures of the American Dream There are many sections of the novel that show direct connections between the real world and the life the Jay Gatsby lives such as the green light which also plays an important role in the failure of the American Dream In The Great Gatsby there are plenty of parts in the novel that are symbolic to the American Dream In this novel it is safe to say that the American Dream can essentially be replaced by Gatsbys Dream Gatsbys dream is similar to the American Dream because both dreams are believed to bring happiness which can be acquired by attaining money The reader finds out towards the end of the novel that Gatsby is not only interested in Daisy because of his deep love for her The reader in fact is finally able to realize that Gatsbys love for Daisy is tied in with his attraction to her wealth and standard of living The wealth and lifestyle that Daisy lives is called Old Money Old Money is wealth that is passed down from an older generation Tom and Daisy are both perfect examples of this The reader senses that Gatsby is after Daisys Old Money lifestyle when Nick the narrator says Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves of the freshness of many clothes and of Daisy gleaming like silver safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor p 157 With Old Money there is a particular way of acting This is what separates it from new money which is recently acquired money just like a person who would gain money through the American Dream Gatsby tries to become rich because he believes that he will be able to
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