Discuss in a question how fixing the 1919 World Series was a particular slap in the face to the American dream.

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The American Dream is the myth or ideology that people can raise themselves to great heights through their own efforts. In other words, the dream is predicated on the idea that America is a meritocracy, in which hard work and virtue are rewarded.

Gatsby introduces Nick to a gangster named Meyer Wolfsheim, and Gatsby tells Nick that Wolfsheim arranged the fixing of the World Series in 1919. In this scandal, members of the Chicago White Sox team were bribed to lose the World Series. In The Great Gatsby, the throwing of the World Series represents the corruption of the society of the 1920s. Gatsby wants to pursue the American Dream, but Gatsby's pursuit of the dream does not wind up as he had hoped, as he meets an early death and never wins the love of his life, Daisy. The corruption that tainted the 1919 World Series is emblematic of the way in which the American Dream diverges from reality.

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One of the ideals behind the American Dream is that anyone can do anything.  The American Dream is often about the underdog or the small doing great things.  To understand this, it is important to understand where this ideal comes from.  Many of the early European settlers were accustomed to a world where everyone was born into a certain position in life.  In America, a person was free to move out of the position they were born into.  The American Dream is all about the freedom to create greatness.  When someone purposely throws a game or to fixes the results, it is slapping away the biggest part of the American Dream.

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