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How is the American Dream portrayed in The Great Gatsby?

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pappadock | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2011 at 5:33 AM via web

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How is the American Dream portrayed in The Great Gatsby?

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cwillbe11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM (Answer #2)

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I feel that the american dream is the constant chase or strive for that certian success you desire. And when you do complete that ambition is it just like feeling up a bag with a hole in it "vanity of vanities"??? The unconsicous obssesion with greed.

Im not really sure but it is in the sense that the american dream will not be fullfilled (or the dream is the constant race towards your own dream not the "American") because the general american notion of greed. Meaning when you have something you tend to want more or some new task to keep yourself busy? Is that why Fitzgerald killed of gatbsy because he wanted to get across that when he ACCOMPLISHED Daisy he would in the sense get bored with the desired ambition to win her back. Thus causing her to continue is strive for something that satisfied him at that moment or is that death main resultant of the American dream...?

 

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cwillbe11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:10 AM (Answer #3)

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I feel that the American dream is the constant chase or strive for that certain success you desire. And when you do complete that ambition is it just like feeling up a bag with a hole in it "vanity of vanities"??? The unconscious obsession with greed.

I'm not really sure but it is in the sense that the Americana dream will not be fulfilled (or the dream is a constant race towards your own dream not the "American") because of the general American notion for greed. Meaning when you accomplish a goal, you tend to want more or some new task to keep yourself busy? Is that why Fitzgerald killed of Gatsby because he wanted to get across that when he ACCOMPLISHED Daisy he would in the sense get bored with the desired ambition to win her back. Thus causing him to continue is strive for something that will satisfy him at that moment or is that death main resultant of the American dream...?

 

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM (Answer #4)

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