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  • Gatsby's American Dream
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    Gatsby's Dream A symbol is defined as something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance. In the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he uses the green light, the East and West egg, and T. J Eckleburg to show how the American Dream is present and affects each of the characters. The American Dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Gatsby, the dream is that through wealth and po...
  • Fitzgerald's Critique Of The American Dream
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    Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald's Criticism of The American Dream The American Dream, as it arose in the Colonial period and developed in the nineteenth century, was based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his origins, could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort. The dream was embodied in the ideal of the self-made man, just as it was embodied in Fitzgerald's own family by his grandfather, P.F. McQuillan. Fitzgerald's novel takes its place among other nov...
  • Great Gatsby And The American Dream
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    The Great Gatsby and the 'American Dream " In Francis Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby the concept of the 'American Dream' appears in two ways. On the one hand Fitzgerald's view and imagination of the American Dream and on the other and, within the plot, Gatsby as the 'possible' personified American Dream come true. O: P / O: P Francis Scott Fitzgerald practically puts the notion of the American Dream on the same level as 'human dream'. But more remarkable is the fact that Fitzgerald's concep...
  • Gatsby's Strong Desire For Wealth And Daisy
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    While there are numerous themes throughout the text of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the most prominent is that of the American Dream. The American Dream is the idea that any person, no matter what he or she is, or from where he or she has come, can become successful in life by his or her hard work; it is the idea that a self-sufficient person, an entrepreneur, can be a success. In this novel, however, it is the quest for this 'dream' (along with the pursuit of a romantic dream) that c...
  • Dream For A Better Family Life
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    The American Dream is a personal thing. Every person's belief or thought on what the American Dream is different than anybody else's. There is one noticeable common thread between every conceivable Dream though: the dream is to live a better life socially, monetarily, or contentedly than your parents did. The conflicts at the time helps determine what aspect of life you wish to improve upon, but it will always be the same principal as long as America stands free. Dr. Martin Luther King lived in ...
  • Gatsby's American Dream
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    English Essay - The Great Gatsby The main theme of the novel "The Great Gatsby" focuses on the American Dream and it is portrayed through the life of Jay Gatsby. Through Gatsby's life we see the withering of the American Dream, a tragedy that struck Jay's near finished dream. The American Dream is what many have hoped of achieving, it has existed in the past and is in the present. The American Dream gives people a goal that they can work towards, it also gives them a purpose in life. The America...
  • Americans In Pursuit Of The American Dream
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    The statement made by Marius Bewley's critical essay "Scott Fitzgerald: The Apprentice Fiction", "Fitzgerald's ultimate subject is the character of the American Dream in which, in their respective ways, his principle heroes are all trapped". , can be justified through Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby and his short story "Winter Dreams". In both pieces of literature, Fitzgerald explores and comments upon Americans and their pursuit of the American Dream through Jay Gatsby and Dexter Gree...
  • Corruption Of The American Dream
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    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 1920's, a time period when the dream had been corrupted by th...
  • American Dream To The Country
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    From the birth of America, to America today, the driving force and the heart of America has always been the "American Dream". The "American Dream" is a goal for the majority of people who live in the realms of the Americanized world. I believe that the "American Dream" is controlling my own destiny, becoming successful, and living free. Examples of this dream are things like television, automobiles, supermarkets, malls, Internet, planes, trains, etc. The "American Dream" is success, freedom, and...
  • American Dream In Wilson's Character
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    Fitzgerald criticized the American Dream in The Great Gatsby through Gatsby and Wilson, and symbols such as Gatsby's car. The American Dream is the pursuit of materialism, centralism, and idealized love. Gatsby's character partially fulfilled the American Dream, but kept on pushing for the final part of the dream, even though he had lots of money, he had to get back his true love, Daisy. The characterization of Wilson describes how he devoted his whole life to achieve the American Dream, however...
  • Gatsby's Dream
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    The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her ...
  • Gatsby's Dream For Daisy
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    Gatsby In the Great Gatsby, a lot of things can be looked at as symbols. The weather, Daisy's dresses, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, and even the lights. By using symbols, Fitzgerald makes the story more deep, and enjoyable for some readers. Fitzgerald also uses various themes throughout his story of the Great Gatsby, like Gatsby's "American dream". The two most important symbols in the story are the green lights at the end of daisy's dock, and the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. The green lights ...
  • Gatsby's American Dream
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    Christopher Tam 10/18/98 American Dream Great Gatsby Final Draft DREAM ON " Then wear the gold hat... bounce for her too, Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you" (1). This epitaph by Thomas D'Invilliers, found at the beginning of The Great Gatsby, depicts the dream that Jay Gatsby tries to make a reality. While it embodies characteristics of the American Dream of rags to riches, it is also a moving dream of love and happiness. While Gatsby was a fraud, his life an...
  • American Dream Forces People
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    The American Dream in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald sees the "American Dream" as something corrupt, and not easy to achieve. The "American Dream" is made up of a long social ladder, and it is often impossible to be accepted at the top of this social ladder. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as a good example of the "American Dream. However, there is a fine line between what many think is the "American Dream, and what Fitzgerald thinks is the "American Dream. There is a differ...
  • My Idea Of The American Dream
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    Throughout society, one can find innumerable explanations and definitions for the phrase, "American Dream". Everyone has his or her own idea of what the American dream is. To some, the American dream may symbolize fame and fortune, and to others it may mean freedom and happiness. No matter what a person's definition of the American dream, they are entitled to pursue it to their full capabilities. A vast majority of Americans base their idea of the American dream on The Declaration of Independenc...
  • American Dream As America
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    Today, there are many dreams and traditions that Americas hold. Some of them can be reached, some cannot. Some Americans dream of riches, some dream of curing diseases. Most of their dreams are from the heart. People dream of having a family, with healthy kids. The American dream is really simple to me. It's having a family, house, job, and one or more cars. Today in society, people have different perspectives on what the "American Dream" is. People worry more about how the economy is doing than...
  • Similar View Of The American Dream
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    Show American Dream American Dream Show how Willy Loman's "American Dream' of success can be compared to at least three other works of literature we have read this semester and their main character's interpretation of the "American Dream' of success. Mention specific examples to support your thesis. Nearly every American has a different view of what the "American Dream' really is. To some, it's money, to other's fame, and popularity. To Willy Loman, that American Dream meant raising the ideal Al...
  • American Dream Americans
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    The American Dream Americans celebrate Independence Day with great pride and honor. The days that have once been filled with happiness are still lived today. Americans everywhere are able to thrive and profit from our flourishing history. On the contrary, the? American Dream, ? derived from our free and independent democracy. While, many other countries are living under regulations, Americans live freely. This political freedom that we celebrate on July fourth led to the engines of creativity an...
  • Corruption Of Gatsby's Dream
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    Essay: The Great Gatsby What is the "American Dream'? How does the characterization of Gatsby in the Great Gatsby represent and undermine it? Although "The Great Gatsby' is filled with multiple themes such as love, money, order, reality, illusion and immorality, no one would probably deny that the predominate one focuses on the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is the central of this novel. This can be e...
  • Universal Dream For Success And Progress
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    This nation of ours is unique. You may not realize it and most of us surely take it for granted. We may complain about the economy. We may complain about our government or our President but in how many other countries is the press free to report the leaders indiscretions. We have so much and yet we complain so much actually I think it is the ability to complain that makes America great. It is the freedom to dissent, to rail against the powers. This freedom to disagree is what makes us so special...

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