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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, emphasizes the lavish life of those of the capitalist elite during the roaring twenties in the United States of America. The Great Gatsby takes place in New York in the roaring twenties. The novel is narrated by Nick Carraway, who moves to west egg in search of his own “American Dream”. The tale of romance, extravagance, and tragedy is about the mad attempts made by Jay Gatsby, someone who has successfully made his millions using the “American Dream” as his method and motivation, to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. He uses Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway, as a means of getting to his love. The “American Dream” is the belief that anyone who is a United States citizen has equal opportunity to climb the social and economic ladder with ease through hard work and dedication. The “American Dream” is a theme that consistently hangs and overshadows The Great Gatsby. But the so-called “American Dream” has a different definition in the context of the novel. In the context of the novel, the “American Dream” should be defined as the idea that people are always trying to achieve and get something better than what they already have. Although the protagonists achieved the so-called “American Dream” in the eyes of others, in the context of The Great Gatsby and what the ethos means to them, they have not achieved the success they so desire.    The main characters of the novel have not achieved the “American Dream” in the context of the novel. The best example of this is Gatsby. He achieved the American Dream in the eyes of others but failed to achieve his “American Dream”. Gatsby’s “American Dream” is Daisy. She is the only thing that he wants in life and is the main reason why Gatsby decided to work hard and become wealthy. Nick looks back on the true motives of Gatsby. As Nick reflects on the summers that have passed, he suddenly realizes the failure of Gatsby achieving his “American Dream”: “And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.” (180 Fitzgerald). This quote shows that as Gatsby achieved and acquiring the more known “American Dream”, he realizes what his true “American Dream” is, which is getting Daisy back. This, therefore, shows that no one truly achieved the “American Dream” in the context of the novel because of their failure to truly acquire what they desire. Once Gatsby finally gets what he thinks is his “American Dream”, he reflects on what he truly wants and if it’s what he had imagined for all these years: “Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” (92-93 Fitzgerald). When Gatsby and Daisy are finally together, the dream vanishes. Furthering the point that Gatsby never truly attained his American Dream because he has what he thinks he wants. Then Gatsby has a thought that this might not be true “American Dream”. Thus proving the point once again that no one truly achieved the “American Dream” in the context of the novel because of their failure to truly acquire what they truly desire.        In conclusion, Gatsby, along with all the other characters of the novel, never truly obtained the “American Dream” as defined in the context of the novel.  Even though in the eyes of others, the protagonists of The Great Gatsby have achieved the “American Dream”, they did not achieve the American ideology in the context of the novel.  

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