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The American Nightmare The American Dream is based on the idea that any person regardless of their upbringing race or origin can attain their dream through hard work and self-reliance Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is a novel of a passionate young man Nick Carraway whose image of success becomes jaded by the high society of the times Using Gatsby as a representation of the American Dream and Nick as the objective narrator Fitzgerald criticizes the perversion of the American Dream and the wealthier class of Americans in the Roaring Twenties who live in a moral and spiritual vacuum Throughout the story Fitzgerald exposes the self-centered and hypocritical attitudes of the upper class He displays scenarios of snobbery and shallowness which ruin the lives of those good men who are sucked into the American Dream Tom Buchanans utter disrespect for the feelings of a lower-class character Wilson being an example of cruel satisfaction in the derision of the poor Toms affair with Myrtle ultimately leads to Wilsons insanity and Gatsbys death In the novel all of the people of inherited wealth lack morals and are perfectly capable of crushing anyone in their way In The Great Gatsby the East Eggers are people of inherited wealth and all are egotistic snobs Their dilemmas and acts a list of immorality are a representation of what money brings and help shape the story Tom Buchanan a muscular bull of a man who inherited his family fortune finds himself bored with his beautiful wife and takes on a lower class mistress named Myrtle who is married to an unsuccessful entrepreneur running a gas station Myrtle aspires to be part of the upper class of society and will stop at nothing to achieve her dream Tom harasses and belittles his mistresss husband on many occasions purely for the feeling of power to which he has become accustomed to due to his wealth Toms wife Daisy knows about
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