Great Gatsby American Dream

Great Gatsby American Dream - 541 A Simple Dream The Great...

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541 A Simple Dream The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to capture its illusionary goals. This is a common theme central to many novels. This dream has varying significances for different people but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is through wealth and power. To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to do this he needed wealth and power. Jay Gatsby, the central figure of the story, is a character who longs for the past. Surprisingly he devotes most of his adult life trying to recapture it and, finally, dies in its pursuit. In the past, Jay had a love affair with the beautiful and seemingly innocent Daisy. Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status, he leaves her to gather his wealth to reach her economic and social standards. Once he acquires this wealth, he moves near to Daisy, "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay (83)," and throws extravagant parties,
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This note was uploaded on 07/24/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Menon during the Summer '06 term at Georgia State.

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