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The Great Gatsby written by F Scott Fitzgerald is an American classic that contains several common themes one of them being the American dream Throughout the novel Gatsby is constantly trying to grasp something that he can never seem to get his hands on which makes readers question the validity of the American dream and whether it really ever truly existed For decades the American dream has been comprised of specific elements including independence wealth a perfect family and the opportunity to make something of ones self with hard work and skill but The Great Gatsby makes the dream seem as if its all about possessions and egoistic pleasure From the social-class perspective The Great Gatsby is a novel about how the American dream can never be attained As readers we know that Gatsby started from nothing and transformed himself into this hardworking gentleman who desires the whole nine yards the instant wealth the big house the clothes cars and the perfect ideal family with the intention of reaching the American dream however he never achieves it As a result of The Great Gatsbys commercial and critical failure in the 1920s Americans were chasing this dream recklessly in hopes of finding success until the novel revealed its prophetic truth in the 50s according to an article by Sarah Churchwell After an interview with Fitzgerald on the novel Churchwell reports that he was only foreshadowing failure and doom to his generation Fitzgerald himself explains that there have only been great failures in America and I personally believe that he implied this to the American dream In reality the American dream is all about failures It sets people up to believe they can accomplish all they can set their minds to when theres always something in the way whether it be financially or socially to prevent that from happening
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