Essay: The American Dream
Initially “the American dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness”. In the lives of these two men, this is not what they are doing. The main goal for Gatsby was to get money irrespective of the means he uses while Buchanan is just an opportunist who is born in a rich family. Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. He says, “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”(Julian 77) The green light the author is talking about here is wealthy and Daisy and he works hard to transform his dreams to reality.
He is not just dreaming but he knows that he is capable of acquiring whatever he needs in life so long as he works hard towards the goal. The fact that he is born in an impoverished home but decides that he can be become rich and indeed does it shows how a determined man he is. Since Buchanan has never been involved in poverty makes him difficult to understand the needs of the less fortunate. To him wealthy is everything and if one happens to be poor then he should not be given an opportunity to air his or her opinions to the rich. According to Buchanan, the rich should always trample upon the rights of the poor if they are to be respected in the society. His arrogance is a show of the power he has over the others around him. The life of Gatsby is different from that of Buchanan in the sense that he tries his best to please the people who surround him. He is generous for he occasionally throws parties to his friends. The attitude shown by Buchanan towards life is very different from that of Gatsby. (Veillette-Stonehart 27)