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F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby describes the American dream as an inordinate need for money and pleasure Tom and Daisy epitomize that belief due to the fact they live it They consider those who have been born into wealth the real upper class or as Fitzgerald puts it the old money The Great Gatsby shows how the moral of the 1920s American Dream decays Jay Gatsby builds up his wealth but not through the right work ethics By standard means the American dream is working hard to achieve success and happiness Unfortunately that dream is not even close to the one in the 1920s because the motives that drive that society are desire wealth and timeThe American Dream in the 1920s has become degrading and not worth pursuing It seems as if people no longer value honest work and success based on the merits of dedication The real reason Gatsby is the way he is is to impress Daisy As soon as Gatsby has the chance to talk to Daisy he ruins it by showing off all of his possessions Fitzgerald 92 Gatsby shows Daisy his valuables because he know that is the only way he can get her to notice him What Daisy does not know is how he became rich Gatsby demonstrates the degrading American Dream mainly because he earns his money through illegal means Gatsbys need for money derives solely from wanting to be with DaisyFurthermore it is Gatsbys own qualities of loyalty and love which lead to his downfall He is motivated by the desire to obtain Daisy Buchanans affection She does not reciprocate when Gatsby tells her to go to Tom and tell him that she never loved him 109 In fact during the altercation between Gatsby and Tom Daisy feels herself getting closer to Tom Gatsby is not only deceptive in his desire to win Daisy back but also in the way he does it He
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