American Dream - essay
An innumerable amount of people come to the United States in the hope of getting the chance to achieve the American Dream. The American dream is the illusion that anyone in the world can achieve their wildest dreams not matter how unattainable. In The Great Gatsby authored by F. Scott Fitzgerald; the deception of the one and only American Dream is portrayed through a multitude of symbols, characters and figurative language. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Gatsbys mansion along with the green light and the automobiles throughout his book The Great Gatsby to symbolize the unachievable American Dream.
Gatsby's luxurious mansion symbolizes everything the majority of people want out of the American Dream. Gatsby on the other hand only has the house to get Daisey, his American Dream. Gatsby bought the house and attained all his riches to impress Daisey. Fitzgerald tells the reader how much Daisey admires his house: "With enchanting murmurs Daisey admired this aspect or that of feudal silhouette against the sky, admired the gardens, the sparkling odor of jonquils...and the pale gold odor of kiss-me-at-the-gate" (pg 92). The enormous palace in which Gatsby inhabits exemplifies how vigorously people go forward towards their dream.
People run at their dream like it is the finish line of a 100-mile race that they can not ever finish. The house represents how Gatsby attempted to reach his dream through money and impressing the girl that he dreams of in his past. Although Gatsby goes to great lengths including breaking the law to achieve, his dream he will never fully have Daisey as a lover. Gatsby had a feeling, and it was a immense feeling of Hope: One of the strongest feelings a person can have.
Gatsby has loved Daisey for what seems like decades, but that was only around three months before Gatsby left for the war. Gatsby continued to be obsessed with Daisey for five years as clinged on to the hope of being with Daisey once more: " He stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way.... Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light minute and faraway" (21-22). Gatsby stands on the end of a dock as he makes gestures of talking to someone but in reality its only the bright green light at the of the end of Daiseys dock across the elongated bay. As Gatsby stands there in the dark he has the illusion and hope that he will one day be next to daisey as he is next to the green light. Green is a color that illudes every one commonly for the signal to go when driving a car.
Gatsby perceived the green as a go. He took the freedom his car gave him and used it to take away his only chance in life. Gatsby took advantage of life and made his freedom have a cost. Like technologys advancement in automobiles; Gatsby advanced in impressing Daisey. Although with freedom you get there will always be a cost " auto hit her. Ins'antly Killed... son of a B* didn't even stopus car" (pg 140). When Gatsby ran over Myrtle he ended his life. Gatsby knew what he was doing; when someone purposefully murders another it is instantly implied that there will be consequence. His consequence was George killing him in an outrageous rage. Gatsby ended his American Dream without fully ever completely getting Daiseys' love due to his own stupidity.
America is a country built on dreams. Therefor many people believe its the country in which dreams come true. Someone may one day reach their American Dream but only after years and years of hard work which many people will never succeed at, and consequently the American Dream is almost completely unachievable.Throughout The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald supplies a lot of evidence such as what Gatsbys mansion, the green light, and what auto mobiles symbolize. The American Dream is unachievable for many people like Gatsby. Although America is the land of opportunity and dreams, the American Dream itself is completely unfeasible.
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