The great Gatsby
Do you believe in the American dream? Do you think it exists? Well whether your answer is yes or no, the American dream has been around since the beginning of time. It is a firm belief that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goal or work their way up from poverty to prosperity. This is mainly to gain materialistic things of satisfaction as an indication of being successful. In the great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald describes how the American dream is just a fantasy. In the great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a man who tried to live up to his American dream. Gatsby started as a broke man, but later worked his way as a rich man, but later learned that money is not everything. Jay Gatsby symbolizes materialism which is the corruption of the American dream.
First, Gatsby trapped in the past is one of the hindrances to achieving his dream. Gatsby was born poor, but daisy was born rich this prevent him from have a solid relationship with daisy. Later he was send war. After five years he returned and started an illegal business to gain money. Fitzgerald writes “he has lived not for himself, but for his dream, for his vision of the good life inspired by the beauty of a lovely rich girl” (71). After not seeing daisy for five years, Gatsby was eager to re-establish his relationship with daisy, so he did what he could to be rich. Daisy is that all Gatsby struggled for. Daisy was the golden girl; “her voice was full of money that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song in it” (Fitzgerald 127). Gatsby was attracted to her that all his effort was to get daisy. Gatsby thought her voice contain love and riches. Gatsby thought that money and materialism can solve his entire problem with daisy. Nether less all that glitters is not gold. The aim of reaching for what’s already gone is the corruption of the American dream.
In addition to Gatsby been trapped in the past, Gatsby was also naïve because he was too...