The Great Gatsby - Lauren Taranow 2-25-09 Period 2 The...

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Lauren Taranow 2-25-09 Period 2 The Unreachable American Dream The idea of the “American Dream” has been around since the discovery of America, and is still present today. People think that one can become rich quickly and live a fabulous lifestyle of parties and glamour, and be completely satisfied with life. While writing The Great Gatsby, it is clear that Fitzgerald wanted to make clear to readers that the idea of an American Dream is impossible because America’s society at the time was too corrupt. He shows the corruption of society through the characters in his novel, who all belong to different social groups. The wealthy upper class, which contains people who appear to be living out this American Dream, has two groups within it: the people living on East Egg and those on West Egg. People on East Egg are the old and established wealth, while the citizens of West Egg are a step below: the new wealthy. In his novel, The Great Gatsby , Fitzgerald shows that the American Dream and total happiness is impossible to achieve by examining the corruption within each social class that appear to be living it. The corruption in striving for the American Dream of wealth is shown clearly through the life of Jay Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby , Jay is a man who works his way up from nothing in order to impress Daisy, and buys himself a mansion that Nick describes as a “colossal affair spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden” (9). Jay is seen by others to be living a dream surrounded by all of this wealth, but he is still unsatisfied because he does not have the love of Daisy.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course E 316K taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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