The Great Gatsby –the American dream

The awful love story is found in The Great Gatsby, a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925. On the surface, the story describes how Jay Gatsby came from a humble background into earning a lot of money and wealth. The rise of Gatsby resulted to rejection by “old money” crowd which later lead to his death. Fitzgerald idea in this publication is seen by many as critiquing the American dream idea. The life of Gatsby and Wilsons is a clear critique of the American meritocracy that allows anyone to work hard and rise to levels he wishes. This essay aims at analyzing the American dream theme in The Great Gatsby book.

 What is the American dream?

The belief that anybody working hard can achieve anything in America, regardless of nationality, class, gender, and race, is the American dream. The American dream gives a different life perspective which ignores the negativity and challenges that comes on the way to one’s success. Despite the presence of racism and class among other challenges in America, the dream assumes there is a level ground for everybody to succeed.

The theme of the American dream in The Great Gatsby

Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby audiobook chapter 1 starts by giving the background of WWI in the 1920s which was the time of high levels of corruption among the rich in America. The decadence error is well experienced by parties in 2nd and 3rd chapters of Great Gatsby. In the Great Gatsby audiobook chapter 2, George and Myrtle Wilson are working class individuals working towards improving their life status. Myrtle uses her love affair with Tom Buchanan to achieve her goals while George works hard to meet his life objectives.

The Great Gatsby audiobook chapter 4 reveals the Gatsby goal to win his former girlfriend Daisy back. The aspect of symbolism in the Great Gatsby comes in when Gatsby sees Daisy as the status symbol despite the money and valuable property he owns. The Great Gatsby audio chapter 5 shows how Daisy and Gatsby come together again and start a new affair. This chapter hints the possibility of Gatsby achieving his goal of winning Daisy. Chapter 6 of the Great Gatsby portrays Gatsby as a man following the American dream by rising from nothing to riches. Winning back Daisy shows Gatsby’s determination of pursuing the American dream to achieve his goals in life.

In chapter 7, the Great Gatsby changes tune, and everything seems to fall apart. Gatsby fails to achieve his goal of winning Daisy back after she refused to break with Tom.  The 7th and 8th chapters expose the death of Myrtle, George killing Gatsby and later killing himself. All pursuers are left dead while the old money crowd is left safe. The last chapters reveal that Gatsby acquired his wealth through crime, not hard work as the American dream stipulates. The end of the Great Gatsby .pdf Nick has a sad reflection of the lost hope and promise of the American dream.

In summary, the Great Gatsby 1974 brings out how various forces hinder the workability of the American dream. The story of the dream pursuers in the Great Gatsby 2013 is the real-life reflection where American dreamers fail to achieve their goals due to suppressions from factors such as class. Old money crowd ensures Gatsby does not rise and reach their level in the society. Some quotes from the Great Gatsby indicate how factors like class and influential people in society may block others from achieving their goals.