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The Ineptitude of the American DreamThe American dream has barely changed over the past century The American dream has not changed because the people have not changed The American dream represents a theory that many people follow They believe in this theory and incorporate it within their lives Most believe that one must become wealthy in order to meet success The American dream is close to becoming reality because people have brought it so far Nick Carraway the narrator of F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby analyzes the legitimacy of this principle through the inevitable downfall of Jay Gatsby The novel takes place during the roaring twenties in two affluent Long Island neighborhoods The people in these neighborhoods characterize the superficiality and arrogance that distorts the American dream Fitzgerald utilizes this environment and its people to examine the negative attributes of the American dream Fitzgerald portrays two neighborhoods East Egg and West Egg to display the slowly evolving corruption of the American dream East Egg houses old money sophisticates while West Egg accommodates the less fashionable new money types The apparent differences cause the two neighborhoods to develop an apparent competition The different neighborhoods are connected through the characters becoming entangled with each other Both Carraway and his wealthy yet mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby live in West Egg Carraway lives in a modest small house which is overshadowed by Gatsbys extravagant estate In his magnificent manor Gatsby indulges in an excessive and exaggerated lifestyle including many lavish parties In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars 43 Gatsby considers his abnormal wealth and stature to be the means to regain his one true love Daisy Buchanan Daisys atmosphere of wealth and privilege attract Gatsbys attention and gradual obsession Gatsby realizes that his own capacity for hope made Daisy seem ideal to him He does not realize that he is pursuing an
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