Theme Analysis: The Great Gatsby - Sheets 1 Mason Sheets Mrs Foltz EngIIIH Blk 1-2 5 May 2019 Death The American Dream in The Great Gatsby The American

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Sheets 1Mason SheetsMrs. FoltzEngIIIH // Blk 1-25 May 2019Death & The American Dream in The Great GatsbyThe American Dream. The American Dream is often thought to be that any person in the United States has equal opportunity to achieve, wealth, success, and happiness through hard work and dedication. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the character of Jay Gatsby embodies the theme of the American Dream and he represents both its fulfillment and it’s death.From the very beginning of the book Gatsby represents the essence of fulfilling the American Dream but not the entire picture, Gatsby was born poor and found success and wealth as a bootlegger. Nick discovers the truth about James Gatz, that “his parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people--his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, Sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.”(Fitzgerald 98). In other words Gatsby created the “character” of Jay Gatsby in order to

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