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?The failure of Gatsby?s dream represents the failure of the American dream? Context 1. There are essentially two versions of the American Dream: the first, the ideal, is the original that talks of the ?the pursuit of happiness? and the idea that any man can become anything so long as he works for it. This soon became corrupted with the materialistic equating to success, i.e. people no longer worked hard to become the best that they can be, as the best that they can be was equated to owning the biggest house, etc. 2. Fitzgerald was highly aware of the damaging effect of materialism and how it had led to the failure of the American dream. He fell in love with a 16 year old named Ginevra King, who came from a rich family and who would not marry him as he was poor (reflection on Gatsby) 3. The 20s saw the biggest boom in consumerism, as the American stock market was doing exceptionally well and people had more money. ...read more.


3. In the novel, the Ideal American Dream, and the Materialistic American Dream always clash. Gatsby re-invented himself and couldn?t have Daisy, the Ideal failed, he also achieved the Materialistic American Dream and died, he couldn?t achieve the ideal through materialism. 4. George Wilson- he is working hard and attempting an example of the Idealistic American Dream, but has very little in the way of material possessions. It is also important to note that he is the one character that does this, yet lives in the Valley of Ashes- where the dream goes to die? Quotations 1. ?One of those men who reaches such an acute limited excellence at twenty one that everything afterwards is an anti-climax? -On Tom. He, at twenty one was an incredible football player, and achieved the ideal American Dream by reaching his Human Potential. He has since tried to replace it with materialistic items, but has been left feeling hollow, hence why he cheats on his wife, etc. ...read more.


1. ?There must have been moments even on that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams? 1. The Reality of the failure of Gatsby?s (The American) dream. 1. ?Hint of the unreality of reality a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy?s wing? -The reality of how fragile the dream is on which American was founded. 1. ?The lawn and drive has been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption- and he stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream -A direct parallel with the American Dream. One can imagine the president of the United States standing and delivering a speech on the incorruptible American Dream which had already been corrupted. 1. ?Gatsby believed in the Green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes us. It eluded us then, but that?s no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... and one fine morning. And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.? ...read more.

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