Quotes, or paragraphs, from The Great Gatsby giving an indication of the concept of an "American dream?"
What quotes could be used to show Daisy, Tom, George, Myrtle, or Jordan's idea of an American dream? I need at least four quotes/paragraphs for each and I already have enough for Nick and Jay, but I'm having trouble finding ones for the other characters.
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In Chapter 2 of The Great Gatsby, Myrtle shows some of her ideas of "the American Dream" through her actions. Myrtle is clearly having an affair with Tom because she is disappointed that George is not wealthy. Later in the novel, she berates George for not amounting to her expectations in life. But in Chapter 2, Myrtle has a party to which Tom brings Nick, and while at the party, Nick observes that Myrtle changes her looks and behavior when the company arrives:
With the influence of the dress her personality had also undergone a change. The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur.
Myrtle's idea of the American Dream is tied to wealth and the impression that wealth supposedly gives to others. Myrtle tells her friend that George is not "fit to lick [her] shoe" because she is embarrased by his being of a lower economic class. She totes Tom around, even though he is abusive towards her, because he is wealthy and serves as a status symbol to her. So for Myrtle, the American Dream is about wealth and status.
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