Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby .
The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald embodies may themes, however.
the most salient one relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The.
American Dream is that each person no matter who he or she is can become.
successful in life by his or her own hard work. The dream also embodies.
the idea of a self-sufficient man, an entrepreneur making it successful for.
himself. The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American dream in.
the 1920s, a time period when the dream had been corrupted by the.
avaricious pursuit of wealth. The American dream is sublime motivation for.
accomplishing ones goals and producing achievements, however when tainted.
with wealth the dream becomes devoid and hollow.
When the American dream was pure, motivation and ambition were some.
key aspects of the pure American dream. "He stretched out his arms toward.
the dark water in a curious way.and distinguished nothing except a single.
green light"(page.26). It shows how Gatsby was striving for the his goal.
and trying to accomplish it. When the dream was pure, motivation and.
self-discipline were present. This quote talks about Gatsby's daily agenda.
and how in the earlier days he upheld the pure American Dream "No wasting.
time at Shafters, No more smoking or chewing, Read one improving book or.
magazine per week, Save $3.00 per week, Be better to parents" (page 181-.
182). Nick says "I became aware of the old island here that flowered once.
for Dutch sailors' eyes-a fresh green breast of the new world"(page 189).
This quote shows the pristine goals of where the possibilities were endless.
and one could accomplish anything through hard work.
The American dream became corrupted, its main aims were wealth and.
power. Gatsby became corrupted because his main goal was to have Daisy.
The only reason he want Daisy was that she symbolized wealth and took on.
the characteristics of money.