In What Way Has Gatsby Achieved The American Dream?
- Jason Spencer
What does the Great Gatsby say about the American Dream?
On the surface, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a heartbreaking love tale, yet the novel is more often seen as a cynical examination of the American Dream. In the book, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, rises above his humble beginnings to amass a great amount of wealth and a little bit of social cache in New York City during the 1920s, only to be disregarded by the “old money” class.
After being entangled with them, he ultimately meets his end by being slain. Fitzgerald challenges the notion that the United States is a meritocracy, in which anybody can achieve success if they put in enough effort, by examining the lives of Jay Gatsby and the Wilson family in The Great Gatsby. In this lesson, we will investigate how the subject of the American Dream is reflected in the story’s storyline, as well as perform some character analysis and a more in-depth examination of issues related to the American Dream in The Great Gatsby.
In addition, we will examine several notable lines related to the theme.
What inspires Gatsby to become successful?
As a kid, Jay Gatsby lived in North Dakota, where he was raised in abject poverty. After Dan Cody took Jay under his wing and made him his personal assistant, Jay came to the realization that he aspired to attain the American dream in the same way that Mr.
Cody had. Gatsby’s goals were to amass fortune and achieve prominence in his field. Daisy is a representation of perfection and the American dream when she enters Gatsby’s life. Daisy and Tom were already married when Gatsby returned from the war, therefore he was unable to fulfill his intention of marrying her.
Daisy represented all that Gatsby yearned for, and he knew that in order to realize his ambitions, he needed to bring her back into his life. Gatsby considers Daisy to be the girl who brings closure to his life. After he was transported off to war, Gatsby lamented the decision often due to the fact that it separated him and Daisy.
- When Gatsby went to Oxford after the war, she did not wait for him like he had waited for her when they were first together.
- The letters that he had been writing to her were not sufficient to keep her waiting.
- As a result of this, Daisy developed feelings for Tom Buchanan, who appealed to her not just for his good looks but also for his financial success.
Gatsby continued to hunt for Daisy every day despite the fact that he was aware that Daisy was no longer his. This energized him to work harder toward realizing his ambition of becoming powerful and affluent so that he might regain Daisy’s love. After this, Gatsby devotes the rest of his life to one thing and one thing only: striving to amass as much wealth as humanly feasible.
- Display further content Gatsby was ambushed in his quest to realize his american dream.
- He failed to prioritize his family, the pursuit of his own happiness, or even the cultivation of friendships.
- In the end, Daisy chose to go back to Tom and end her relationship with Gatsby.
- Because it was all a delusion, the possibility of him realizing his American dream was impossible.
Daisy never has and never would love Gatsby as much as he loved her. The day that Gatsby died was a clear indication of how committed he was to regaining Daisy’s love. He had no friends to attend his funeral save Nick, the postman, his dad, owl eyes, and a handful of his staff.