In the Great Gatsby, there was a different point of views on the American Dream, and it affected these people differently. Gatsby tried to work hard but it didn’t work out for him, therefore, he committed a crime to become wealthy. Nick believes you achieve your goal by hard work. Daisy and Tom already achieved the American Dream, just because they were both born into a wealthy family.Gatsby is also a really important character.
He started from humble roots. He later got wealthy. When you think of the American Dream, a lot of people work really hard to achieve their dream.
Unlike Gatsby, he got rich because of a crime. He did try to work hard but when he worked for Dan Cody, his ex-wife ended up with the whole inheritance. Even though he had a lot of money he was willing to lose everything for Daisy.
(“He knew that when he kissed this girl and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (chapter 6). He wanted to impress Daisy. Therefore he lied about being wealthy in order to get her attention. Eventually, he won her heart. But in 1919 she married Tom.
That didn’t stop Gatsby from winning her heart. He did everything to get her attention. “But I didn’t call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone–he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward–and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (6-8).
Reaching out to unrealistic goals. Gatsby believed in the green light, “The future that the year by year recedes before us…” This symbolizes the refusal to accept the loss of the dream; American Dream. “Thirty- the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair” (chapter 9). This means the death of the American Dream.
Gatsby didn’t achieve the American dream. He earned his money through crime. Later in the book, George killed Gatsby and then himself. Another character that F. Scott Fitzgerald mentions is Nick.
In the summer of 1922, Nick lived in Long Islands West Egg. He doesn’t judge Gatsby harshly just because he likes Gatsby’s personality. The way he sees the American dream is that it can be achieved by hard work. ” The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we’re descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day” (1). One symbol is that in “Eyes of Dr. T. J Eckleburg”, Nick didn’t quite explain the symbol, but it could be that people are losing connection with God.
Leaving this symbol for us the readers to interpret our way. He viewed this really seriously. Nick wants to control. Nick thoroughly enjoyed New York, he was fascinated by it. In the party scene, Nick finds the partygoers repulsive yet fascinating.
Next is Tom.Tom was an old money. Meaning he was born in a wealthy family. Unlike Gatsby and Nick, they wanted to have a better life, but Tom was just plain up bored. He ended up having an affair with Myrtle. Daisy despite being Nicks cousin, didn’t seem to mind Tom’s infidelity.
Tom at the party showed how he wasn’t sorry for cheating on Daisy with Myrtle. Tom goes away with Daisy to avoid the consequences and continues to live with Daisy. Daisy was born into a wealthy family and has privilege her. Her American dream was already completed. Even though she had the money she was unhappy.
“Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money–that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. . . .
High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl. . .
” (120). Nick described her as a prize. Daisy had an unhappy marriage, attempted to leave it but stayed just to maintain her status.
She truly is into money. She promised to wait for Gatsby but she married Tom Buchanan in 1919 (149). Daisy refuses to leave Tom.
Gatsby gathered all this wealth to make Daisy want him. She is high maintenance. Daisy is also a huge flirt. In general her life is the complete opposite of the American Dream. Overall she wants money, entertainment, and an easy life. In summary Gatsby dream, in the end, was not worth it. He ended up losing everything including his life. Daisy and Tom continued living their wealthy lives.
Nick really looked up to Gatsby. Everyone had a different ending. Overall it was nice to see their point of views. This is the ending. Works CitedFitzgerald, F. Scott.
The Great Gatsby. ScribnerPaperback fiction, 1995.