Gatsby’s Pursuit of the American Dream
The American Dream means that by persistently working hard, one can achieve success; this is in contrast to other countries where the immigrants came from, in which one was either born into money and privilege or not, and if you weren’t, there was no way of achieving this success. The American Dream eliminated the barriers between people that social class had held for centuries in Europe. The
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true value that could make one great, not how they were born and how much money they had. In the end of the novel, Nick returns to the Midwest, a return to the old values of hard work that brings success and money that cannot buy emotions.
Fitzgerald shows how America must look back into its past in order to redefine what its values are and to not let materialism take over people’s lives.