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The ideal image for todays society about the American dream is someone with a nice car house family successful in life and happiness The main purpose many people go to school or work is to strive for that nice house or car all because they want acceptance in a society that believes in the American dream If the dream is not achieved then you are considered a failure in life Work hard to achieve the dream is what we hear when we start school But what makes the American dream so real In The Great Gatsby Nick believes that Gatsby is an example of someone who is achieving the American dream which to Nick is real and achievable because Gatsby is achieving it However the American dream is not achievable because Gatsby never finds happiness making the dream unreal and unachievableIn the article Fitzgeralds rendering of a Dream It is through the language itself and the recurrent romantic imagery that Fitzgerald offers up his critique and presents the dream for what it truly is a mirage that entices us to keep moving forward even as we are ceaselessly borne back into the past Fitzgerald 189 For Fitzgerald the American dream is beautiful yet grotesquely flawed and distorted No matter what idyllic picture we paint of America and its many promises underneath the brightest of hues lies the stark white canvas of truth No one is truly equal and regardless of opportunities someone is always struggling underfoot-inevitably as one rises another falls Hearne 191 The novel is a devastating portrait of the so-called American dream which measures success and love in terms of money F Scott Fitzgerald 1 Gatsby buys a big house and throws elaborate parties in hope that Daisy would come over Gatsby buys that house so that Daisy will be just across the bay Fitzgerald 78 The average person struggles in life Only a few people have that so call perfect
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