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The American Dream Portrayed in The Great Gatsby

            Does the American Dream necessarily mean happiness? In The Great Gatsby, .
             three characters show that sometimes it does, and others it does not. Corruption of the .
             American Dream is a strong theme depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
             Tom and Daisy Buchanan are an example of the American Dream that are not .
             happy. It is seen that Tom was not happy with Daisy because he was having an affair .
             with another woman, Myrtle Wilson. He married Daisy only because she was the prettiest .
             girl in Montgomery and he had the money that could win her heart. Daisy, on the other .
             hand, was having an affair with Gatsby. They are shallow, selfish, arrogant people with .
             plenty of money. Nick remarks, "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they .
             smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast .
             carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the .
             mess they had made." This is seen when Tom tells George Wilson where Gatsby lives and .
             when Daisy did not show up at Gatsby's funeral.
             Gatsby is also a product of the American Dream. He shows this when he throws.
             huge parties for anyone that wants to come. He really believes in the American Dream of .
             self-made success. The only problem he has is he made it the dishonest way. Gatsby is .
             happy with his wealth because he truly believes that this is the ticket to winning Daisy's .
             heart. By trying to win Daisy's heart, Gatsby is trying to repeat the past. When Nick and.
             Gatsby were talking about Daisy after she left the party, Gatsby wanted her to tell Tom .
             that she did not love him anymore. Nick responded, "You can't repeat the past." "Can't .
             repeat the past? Why of course you can!," was the response he received from Gatsby.
             As one can see, the corruption of the American Dream plays an important role in.
             The Great Gatsby. Tom and Daisy show that the American Dream does not bring .
             happiness along.

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