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In F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby the theme of destruction is evident in the life of the character of Jay Gatsby In order to determine the extent of this destruction it is necessary to review Gatsbys illegally acquired wealth his artificial lifestyle and his fixation on Daisy Throughout the entire novel all of these aspects proved to work against the ideals of the American Dream that Gatsby had hoped for The ultimate realization became that Jay Gatsby fell prisoner to the corrupt dream which in turn resulted in his downfall Gatsbys illegitimate monetary success was an essential part to his destructionJay Gatsby was not born into a prominent family but he was determined to manufacture himself a rich idealistic lifestyle After falling in love with a rich girl named Daisy Gatsby went off to the war only to return to discover that Daisy had married another man The reality that a rich girl could never marry a poor boy marked the beginning of Gatsbys pursuit of wealth Gatsby became dishonestly wealthy through bootlegging and bought himself a lavish mansion in west egg across the bay from Daisys home It was Gatsbys mansion pg11 Gatsby was substantially wealthy with new money not of ancestral wealth This was a major factor in the acceptance of Gatsby into the rich society of which Daisy was involved The extravagant parties that were thrown by Gatsby every Saturday night attracting the well-to-do -people were in hopes of catching the eye of Daisy Gatsby was very wealthy with an entourage of guest attending his partys but hardly any of them were friends only strangers taking advantage of his wealth and good nature All though Gatsby had many parties and bought fancy cars and a huge house it was all part of an artificial lifestyle that he createdThe excessive lifestyle that Gatsby had fabricated had been pieced together like a real life mosaic He claimed to have studied at oxford and
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