American Dream Essay.docx - Ogunrinola 1 Bukky Ogunrinola AP English 11 Scaggs 4 25 October 2016 The Adulterated American Dream Indeed in America there

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Ogunrinola 1 Bukky Ogunrinola AP English 11 Scaggs 4 25 October 2016 The Adulterated American Dream Indeed, in America there is a strange and powerful belief that in order to claim to be a true American, one must first attain the so much searched for “American Dream”. The American Dream in itself is a mental destination constructed by individuals who must need a target before they can shoot. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, young readers acquire a glimpse of this same American Dream, but set in the time period of the 1920’s. Fitzgerald introduces readers to characters who embody the standards and also the craziness that comes with the pursue of the American Dream. Through his development of characters and his course of action throughout the story from conflict to resolution, Fitzgerald makes his argument very clear on what he believes what most Americans wanted during that period of economic uncertainty; money and power. In America, in order to be powerful, in order to be respected by those below, one must never let themselves become a common man. The Great Gatsby is an American novel. Fitzgerald takes time to create characters that had the ability to camouflage into his current-day America. One character being that of Tom Buchanan. Buchanan is characterized by Fitzgerald as brute man, who appears to be dominant, almost to a point of controlling, unfaithful, arrogant, and exceptionally racist. Although, continuously, Tom is deemed as the antagonist throughout this novel, there is one item that essentially takes many to all of his crimes and normalizes them, which is his wealth. Fitzgerald does an amazing job establishing the fact that even though Tom is this incredibly horrible

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