The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1207 Words Jul 14th, 2015 5 Pages
The American Dream is something many people strive to achieve. John Winthrop defined the American Dream in 1630 as “a perfect society bound together by love and mutual respect, by religious devotion, and by the establishment of a deeply meaningful sense of community” (Nagel, James). The American Dream was originally about helping others and being devoted to the greater good. Unfortunately, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby it is shown that the cause for downfall is the corrupt view of the American Dream. The corrupt view of the American Dream as a cause for downfall can be seen through the characters Jay Gatsby(James Gatz) and Daisy Buchanan. It is shown that the the cause for downfall is the corrupt view of the American Dream through the character Jay Gatsby when he assumes wealth can buy happiness. For example, Nick Narrates, “he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream” (8.111). In this quote it is proven how Gatsby’s dream of buying Daisy back leads to his downfall. When Gatsby first meets Daisy he falls in love and assumes they will be together when he gets back from the war. He soon comes back to find out that Daisy has married Tom Buchanan for his wealth and social status. This is significant because it shows that Gatsby’s perception of the American Dream comes to be when Tom and Daisy force him into thinking his happiness revolves around wealth. Unfortunately, it is often seen that…

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