American Dream

American Dream
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  • My American dream is that if you put in effort you can succeed and retire in comfort.
  • My American dream is a world where each person has a chance to live up to their potential and have an opportunity to succeed.
  • My ideal American dream is that each person can rise up in social stature if they take the right opportunity. One can also always go back to the past and life can return back to the way it was, with life always working out romantically. 
  • He will pay for killing Myrtle!
  • I may have made a few poor choices. But I needed money to chase Daisy's love, right?
  • "The American Dream is the equal opportunity for all Americans to prosper with a strong work ethic. Every American can live up to their potential if they make the effort." - Grandma Barbara
  • Gatsby is desperate to recreate a five year old relationship with Daisy. He was willing to do whatever was necessary to find her and win back her affection. He goes so far as to host lavish parties at his house in the hope she hears of his success and popularity. ‘Can’t repeat the past?...’ ‘Why of course you can!' (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 118).
  • The corrupt side of Gatsby's American dream is the willingness to break the law in order to achieve his own ends. Gatsby is portrayed in a negative light through Tom Buchanan, who states that Gatsby had drug stores in Chicago that sold alcohol during the Prohibition. Tom also claims that Gatsby broke betting laws and set up one of his friends, Walter Chase (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 143). The dispute between the two characters over how the American dream can be attained is one of the ultimate reasons for his demise, as Tom tells a vengeful George that the car that killed his wife belonged to Gatsby.
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