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The American Dream

             Scott Fitzgerald is a story which through its characters represents the idea of American dream. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is to obtain wealth, power, fame and glory. Myrtle her husband George, Tom and Daisy and finally Gatsby itself are excellent examples of how people live to obtain their dream. Yet that is a dream which dies for several of the characters and they have no choice but to plunge with the dream. .
             In the novel the best representation of this dreaded dream was the Great Gatsby himself, James Gatz. When he and daisy first met he gave an impression that he can offer her security and anything she wanted. " he let her believe that he was a person from much the same strata as herself" (Fitzgerald 142). As a consequence Gatsby had to achieve these riches which blinded him of a probable outcome, his self destruction. The green light from daisy's house from across the bay is a good representation of daisy and the American dream. Before Gatsby was able to approach her he made gestures to that welcoming light." he stretched out his arms toward a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock."(Fitzgerald 25) Yet when he was with daisy and he showed her the light the light was not there. This can be interpreted that since the light couldn't be seen, then there was something amiss with the American dream. "If it wasn't for the mist we could see a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock."(Fitzgerald 90) Later on in the novel it comes out that Daisy decides to stay with Tom. Gatsby's dream does not end up only with Daisy's rejections but in the end Gatsby dies. From Gatsby we arrive at Myrtle, the next one of this dream.
             Having anything you want is part of the American dream, even though it is a married man you want and Myrtle Wilson wants Tom Buchanan. Right away we see a glimpse of her morality, which she has none because she has traded it in to achieve the American dream.

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