Great Gatsby And American 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
dream has varying significances for different people but in The Great Gatsby,
for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness.

To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and
in order to do this he must have wealth and power. Jay Gatsby, the central
figure of the story, is a character that 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 accumulate 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," and throws extravagant parties, hoping by chance she might show up at
one of them. He, himself, does not attend his parties but watches them from a
distance. When his hopes don’t show true he asks around casually if anyone
knows her. Soon he meets Nick Caraway, a cousin of Daisy, who agrees to set up a
meeting, "He wants to know...if you\'ll invite Daisy to your house some
afternoon and then let him come over." Gatsby\'s personal dream symbolizes
the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want.

Later, as we see in the Plaza Hotel, Jay still believes that Daisy loves him. He
is convinced of this as is shown when he takes the blame for Myrtle\'s death.
"Was Daisy driving?" "Yes...but of course I\'ll say I was."

He also watches and protects Daisy as she returns home. "How long are you
going to wait?" "All night if necessary." Jay cannot accept that
the past is gone and done with. Jay is sure that he can capture his dream with
wealth and influence. He believes that he acted for a good beyond his personal
interest and that should guarantee success. Nick attempts to show Jay the flaw
of his dream, but Jay innocently replies to Nick’s statement that the past
cannot be relived by saying, "Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you
can!". This shows the confidence that Jay has in reviving his relationship
with Daisy. For Jay, his American Dream is not material possessions, although it
may seem that way. He only comes into riches so that he can fulfill his true
dream, Daisy. Gatsby doesn\'t rest until his dream is finally lived. However, it
never comes about and he ends up paying the ultimate price for it. The idea of
the American Dream still holds true in today\'s time, be it wealth, love, or
fame. But one thing never changes about the American Dream; everyone desires
something in life, and everyone, somehow, strives to get it. A big house, nice
cars, 2.5 kids, a dog, a beautiful devoted spouse, power and a ridiculous amount
of money. That is the classical American Dream, at least for some. One could
say, an outsider perhaps, that Americans strive for the insurmountable goal of
perfection, live, die and do unimaginable things for it, then call the product
their own personal American Dream. Is having the American Dream possible? What
is the American Dream? There is one answer for these two questions: The American

Dream is tangible perfection. In reality, even in nature, perfection does not
exist. Life is a series of imperfections that can make living really great or
very unpleasant. Living the American Dream is living in perfection, and that by
definition is not possible, thus deflating our precious American Dream. F. Scott

Fitzgerald proves this fact in The Great Gatsby, through his scintillating
characters and unique style. Characters in books often mirror the author’s
feelings towards the world around them. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
suggested the moral decline of the period in American history through the
interpersonal relationships among his characters. The situations in the lives of
the characters show the worthlessness of materialism, the futile quest of Myrtle
and Gatsby, and how America s moral values had diminished- through the actions
of Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Gatsby’s party guests. Despite his newly acquired
fortune, Gatsby still cannot afford his one true wish; therefore he cannot buy
everything that is important to Daisy.