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F Scott Fitzgeralds Great Gatsby can be seen as a novel that deals with a mans pursuit of the American dream During the 1920s many strove to achieve the American dream having a family wealth and happiness Success was marked by ones achievements and the American dream was supposedly attainable for all Gatsby tries to live out his dream by believing that wealth will buy him the happiness that he once had in the past The theme of searching for the disintegrating American dream is apparent in Gatsbys characteristic hopefulness family life and unfortunate obsession with wealth Gatsby has a sense of hopefulness that is necessary to anyone trying to live the American dream He starts off as a poor man in love with someone that he cannot have because of social differences However instead of completely disregarding his wishes of marrying Daisy he does everything in his power to win her approval It is apparent that beginning in his childhood Gatsby has a strong sense of hope Growing up in a farming household he wishes to better himself An example of this is when Gatsbys father shows Nick one of Gatsbys books from when he was a young boy He opened it at the back cover and turned it around for me to see On the last fly-leaf was printed the word schedule and the date September 12th 1906181 Nick continues on to read Gatsbys list of things he must do These include exercise studying working playing sports and practicing poise Even at this early stage of his life Gatsby is starting to search for something more Later on in Gatsbys life everything revolves around his hopefulness He buys his mansion across the lake from Daisys in hopes that she may come to one of his extravagant parties His patience in waiting for her to attend one day shows that he is hopeful that the future will bring happiness In a conversation with Nick
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