The Great Gatsby. The American Dream. By Alan Conroy. Originally the Dutch settlers saw America as the land of opportunity, where they could start a new life with family values and a moral lifestyle based on religion.
The Great Gatsby
The American Dream
By Alan Conroy
In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ people are obsessed with wealth. Easy money and relaxed social values have corrupted the ‘American Dream’ especially on the East coast.Gatsby embodies the ‘dream’ by becoming super rich in order to win the heart of Daisy:Daisy is a hollow fickle unworthy object of Gatsby’s efforts.He believes that she will only be interested in him if he has money.This emphasises how materialistic 1920’s America has become.
Gatsby is the American Dream personified:‘The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself’This quotation shows that people who have nothing more than a dream can become rich and have a good life in America.Also it reveals that God has become redundant because men can now create themselves. If there is no God there is no reason to act morally.