American Dream

American Dream

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  • Interview Dream
  • Gatsby's Idealized Dream
  • "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, 2004, p. 130).
  • Gatsby's Corrupt Dream
  • "He’s a bootlegger,’ said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers" (Fitzgerald, 2004, p. 61).
  • "Who is this Gatsby anyhow?’ demanded Tom suddenly. ‘Some big bootlegger" (Fitzgerald, 2004, p. 107).
  • My father's American Dream is not only about getting money to become rich and raising a family. But it's also about having that choice to do what you want to do and having opportunities in this country where you don't get in any other place.
  • "The American Dream is opportunity. It is also being able to take advantage of those opportunities. The American Dream provides many opportunities. But the best part is that you are able to pick those opportunities by your own free will, not by force."
  • Gatsby was busy when he was fighting in the war. However, whenever he came to America, he became rich and was able to marry the love of his dream. He tells Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him. American Dream: Wealth can get you what you want.
  • Gatsby became rich by being a bootlegger and was involved in illegal activities, but this still helped him to get to Daisy. Nick hears from Tom and from random women about Gatsby's illegal activity.  American Dream: You can become rich in any way. 
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