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The American Dream, what dream was that? Perhaps my time in New York was a dream.

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Monologue: Nick Carraway The American Dream, what dream was that? Perhaps my time in New York was a dream. I travelled from the Midwest to New York to learn the bond business. You would be a fool not to take advantage of the booming economy and newfound wealth. I believed the bond business would bring about my own wealth. So, I moved to the eastern coast, West Egg in New York. There, everything happened so quickly. I suppose that it could have just been the fast paced city lifestyle or perhaps it went so quickly due to the people I became involved with. I ask myself if I didn't meet Gatsby would the American Dream be successful for me. If I never became involved with his love triangle and his absurd plans would all of this happened? ...read more.


Daisy was a married woman and she had a daughter. Was this so imperceptible for Gatsby to see? Perhaps it was my principles that allowed this situation to look so immoral. I feel sorry for the man. The parties he hosted every weekend, trying to lure Daisy, trying to rekindle what they once had. All I could see at these parties were a lot of people with wallets full of money, with no real goal in life other than to be rich and stay rich; empty souls. I am glad that I was not one of them. Gatsby had lied to me, to Daisy and to mainly himself. To this very day I still sit and wonder, what would have happened if Gatsby never found Daisy? I know for sure that he would not be dead. ...read more.


None of them, Gatsby, Daisy or Tom belonged in the east. Neither did I. I realise now that the lifestyle offered in New York is not the way of life for me. I do miss it. However it is the Midwest where I am myself, where lies and corruption is so far away and fictional. I feel partly responsible for the deaths of Myrtle, Gatsby and George, if I had not moved to the East I believe there would be no extravagant parties, no sense of disillusionment, no affairs and no funerals. All that would be there would be a lonely soul waiting and wishing he could be with his true love once more. I left the east with my own personal dreams shattered. I have never imagined how materialism controls people's lives. I shall never return to the East, nor will I envisage the memories of New York again. Perhaps that is why I prefer to reminisce about this experience as a dream rather than reality; it was just the American 'Dream' right? ...read more.

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