Essay: The American Dream in Great Gatsby
In the 1920s, the American dream was a very important aspect in the lives of all the American people. This novel is like a meditation of the disintegration of these dreams, which were about acquiring immense wealth and happiness. Moral issues were disregarded by the majority of the Americans in their pursuit for their dreams. People used all means to acquire wealth and the rich had no respect for the poor. Though it may appear as though the two men have achieved the American dream, it is imperative to note that neither of them is a happy man. Poor people envy the luxuriant life that is lived by Gatsby, but deep in his heart, he knows that he is not a happy man.
He has used criminal ways to achieve the American dream but he has not acquired the love of his life. Powerful men and beautiful women surround his life, which is about the American dream, but he still desires to win back Daisy. The morality in the people had decayed such that even Daisy says, “I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”. (Dilworth 56)She says this because she knows that if one does not behave like a fool then definitely he or she has to lose his or morals. She is talking about her young daughter for she does not want her to be spoilt like the rest.