How does Nick's "this has been a story of the West after all and that the East was haunted for " relate to the American Dream?Basically how Nick's comment and the final e paragraphs of the novel...

How does Nick's "this has been a story of the West after all and that the East was haunted for " relate to the American Dream?

Basically how Nick's comment and the final e paragraphs of the novel relate to the theme of the "American Dream"

(also the pathetic fallacy in Gatsby's funeral)

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"Go west, young man, and grow up with the country."  This quote, wrongly or rightly attributed to Horace Greeley in an 1865 editorial, expressed the idea that as the United States expanded, opportunity lay in the West for many. (Ironically though, at the beginning of the story, in chapter 1, Nick tells us that he came east because he missed the excitement of the war and he felt that his home in the midwest had become too staid for him.)  The American Dream speaks of opportunity for all.  The idea is that anyone willing to work hard enough can grasp opportunity and become successful. By the end of the story, Nick comes to realize that the East is not so much a land of opportunity and excitement as it is a place of secrets, lies, deceits, and corruption - a place where people used other people and then discarded them once the person's usefulness had ended.  Thus the East has become haunted for Nick.  He explains this in chapter 9, but hints at it in chapter 1 in his opening description and scene-setting narration.  The final paragraph says that Gatby believed in the American Dream and was living proof of it.  It goes on to say that he never realized, though, that his dream had become corrupted.  Gatsby's dream ended when he settled in the East on West Egg to be near Daisy because she was an impossible dream.  Further, the American Dream excludes no one.  Anyone is capable, with enough work and intelligence, of attaining greatness.  There was no way, though, that Daisy would ever leave Tom for Jay Gatsby because of the class difference between Jay and her.  She would not allow that gulf to be bridged.  Therefore, Daisy would not permit the American Dream, as it had become to Jay, to be realized. The final paragraph indicates that all of us, if we keep the American Dream pure and untainted, can grasp opportunities.

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