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Great Gatsby American Dream Essay

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Humans always want to believe that everything is possible with hard work and in the 1920's, this was considered a fact by most Americans. Many people had an unwavering faith in the American Dream but F. Scott Fitzgerald disagreed. He understood that the American Dream was the hope for a perfect world where hard work always pays off but he also knew that our world is not a perfect one. Demonstrated in The Great Gatsby by the fates of Gatsby, Myrtle and Wilson, the personifications of the American Dream, Fitzgerald asserts that in the world we live in, the American Dream is an unrealistic expectation that is often too highly exonerated.
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They crush other people’s dreams and then go back to their lives like nothing had happened. After he realized that his dream had been torn away from him, Gatsby still tried to cling miserably onto shreds of hopeless hope before he died.
Myrtle desperately wanted to get out of the valley of ashes and get away from her husband but she was not able to do that. Myrtle felt like she deserved better than what she had and she tried her hardest to obtain it. Myrtle was described as a woman who had an amazing vigor and liveliness. “Her face…contained no facet or gleam of beauty but there was an immediate perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smoldering…A white ashen dust veiled…everything in the vicinity – except his [Wilson’s] wife…” (30) The white ash that covers everything and, in a way, takes the life of everything in the valley of ashes fail to cover Myrtle. She is not someone that is fit to live in this valley of poverty and she tries to run away from this with Tom, who takes her into the city and let her enjoy the wealthy life she felt like she deserved. She believed that someone would come to save her from her life but still, in her death, she could not escape from her life in the valley of ashes. “…and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick, dark blood with the dust.” (145) In the end, Myrtle’s blood mixes with the dust, meaning that the dust was a part of her and she could have never ran away from it. She tried furiously to realize her dream of getting away from the valley of ashes but she is capable of doing so...

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