Gatsby - Great Gatsbys Dream The American dream is the hope...

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Great Gatsby’s Dream The American dream is the hope in having equal opportunities regardless of a person’s race, gender, and religion to be able to succeed in life. It is a position that everyone wants to be by the time people are stable enough to start a family. The most closely related story that is well written is the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the story, the main character Jay Gatsby tries to rekindle an old love for the narrator’s cousin, Daisy through a materialistic way. As stated by Nick in The Great Gatsby , “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Gatsby’s misinterprets his dream by believing that he can achieve what he has not accomplished in the past, but unfortunately this mistake leads to his death due to certain actions influence by materialism. Wikipedia describes the American dream is “the faith held by many in the United States of America that through hard work, courage, and determination one can achieve a better life for oneself, usually through financial prosperity.” (Wikipedia: American Dream) The hard work and determination can achieve a better life because of the ability to be at a stable job and move up in the work force. Courage is also need because of the willingness of speaking up and having a say in the company or corporation. These actions allow a person to have a better life, usually through the financial security of keeping the job. This leads to the steady income one receives, but with the income, the person becomes more materialistic. Materialism can be seen anywhere at any time because it is all around. American souls are empowered by this due to the influence of society and its mass production of media. Materialism is defined by Wikipedia as “how a person or group chooses to spend
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their resources, particularly money and time. Literally, a materialist is a person for whom collecting material goods is an important priority.” (Wikipedia: economic materialism) People are pushed to gain as much money as possible to fulfill their needs, which usually are just items to fulfill their desires. These people are the ones that are called the materialist. Materialism is a natural part of living an American life, but it needs to be
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGLISH 68 taught by Professor Enke during the Spring '05 term at Mt. SAC.

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Gatsby - Great Gatsbys Dream The American dream is the hope...

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