American Dream

American Dream
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  • American Dream Interview
  • I hate this job. I have been stuck here for 10 years trying to make enough money to start a business.
  • Gatsby Idealized American Dream
  • I now have everything I need. I have wealth, and most importantly I have my love Daisy.
  • Gatsby Corrupted American Dream
  • Tell Tom you love me and not him, Daisy!
  • Stop fighting!
  • You're crazy!
  • “A lot of times people who work very hard to achieve wealth end up bankrupt, or very poor. Very few people actually obtain great wealth” (S. Khurana, personal communication, September 20, 2018). The waiter in this scene has been trying to make enough money to start a business and achieve great wealth, but despite his hard work, he has not had the opportunity to do so. This is the reality of the American Dream, most people are never able to achieve what they want. 
  •  "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes" (Fitzgerald, 1925, pg. 91). Gatsby's idealized American Dream is to spend his life with Daisy, and to have the wealth that will make her happy.
  • ""She never loved you, do you hear?' he cried. 'She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me!'" (Fitzgerald, 1925, pg. 130). Gatsby continues to go after Daisy and undermine her marriage with Tom. Additionally, he engaged in illegal practices to become wealthy enough for Daisy.
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