Did chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby end the way you expected or were you surprised? Why? Has your view of the American Dream changed? Why or why not? How has your view of the characters in the novel changed?

Many readers are surprised when they finish this book. Despite Gatsby’s wealth and social status he never got what he dreamt of and he could not escape death. This suggests that the American Dream is an illusion, which might be a new way of thinking about it for some readers.

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Your answer to this question will of course depend in part on your own opinions. However, many people do look at the concept of the American Dream differently after reading this book. American culture glamorizes the lavish lifestyle that Gatsby had and sends the message that being wealthy is one of the best things in the world. The American Dream is the concept that with enough hard work in America, anything is possible. Gatsby wholeheartedly believed in this dream, which is why he did whatever he could to get wealthy in the hopes that wealth would get him what he wanted-to be with Daisy.

However, Gatsby’s tragic fate shows readers that the American Dream is nothing but an illusion. In theory, he did everything right according to the American Dream. He rose up the socioeconomic ladder to the top, but his dream was always out of reach. This shows readers that having money does not guarantee that your dreams will come true. And of course, despite his wealth and status, Gatsby ends up dying, just like the rest of us will someday. His death may come as a shock to many readers because he was such a key figure in the story. Yet it is precisely his death which reminds readers that no one, no matter how much money they have, can escape mortality.

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