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1 American Dream on social class, gender and race in the Great Gatsby Student’s Name Professor Institution Course Date
2 American Dream on social class, gender and race in the Great Gatsby The American dream is a notion that dismisses social classes, gender and race proposing that anyone can be a success in America given that they are hard working. The believe offers a fortunate perception of the American community ignoring generic challenges including racism, misogyny, corruption and fraud and also xenophobia just to list a few. The American dream poses an assumption that there exists equality amongst all citizens whereas the forthwith truth is contrary. To date, there are social classes and cases of racism within the American society. However, the American dream refers to the national attributes of the United States and a combination of ideals in which freedom encompasses chances of prosperity and achievement through hard work. Therefore, this essay proposal critically analyzes the American dream in regards to social class, gender and race in the Great Gatsby. During the early 20 th century, several problems arose in the American society as a result of increased level of immigration accompanied by xenophobia. Further, the role of women in the community were changing since they were granted voting rights in 1919. This was the time the country was experiencing exponential growth in economy therefore instilling the belief that anyone can be wealthy as long as they exert hard work in what they do. However, this gradual growth was temporal and there was sudden decline in 1929. Gatsby is an incarnation of the American dream since he was born poor but gradually became rich over time. It was four years before the decline of the economy that the novel, The Great Gatsby was published. The book constitutes the idea of American Dream and includes attributes of hard work and aspirations. Thus, several symbols such as having a car, owning a house and having a happy family portrayed the American Dream. Therefore, the novel portrays instances that happened to American Dream in the early 1920s either, positive or negative
3 impacts. This was the time when the dream was corrupted for several reasons. Therefore, the dream not only initiated corruption but also a massive destruction. Characters such as Myrtle, Daisy, Gatsby were already corrupted by the dream. Therefore, the novel gives a clear elaboration on the American dream. The author provides the reader with a background of the first world war way back in 1922 in the first chapter. It is relevant from the novel that the early 1920s provided a period of fear to the wealthy. The novel present over characters that play different roles in the play. Depicting both social classes and gender. For instance, Myrtle and George were two working class individuals with a goal of enhancing their lifestyles through genuine means. George targets at utilizing his reliance through hard work while Myrtle exploited her relationship status to achieve success. The two characters were true definitions of realization of how America was

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