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Gatsby's American Dream

The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a love story that is set in America in the 1920s. From the "Baidu Library," the American Dream is described as, "People want to work through their own hard work, courage, creativity and determination to move towards prosperity, rather than rely on specific social classes and other assistance." Gatsby's dream is to become a wealthy man to get Daisy's love back. Daisy's love is his dream, so he worked hard to make his dream come true. Gatsby represents the American Dream because he is one of the people that work hard to make their own dream come true.

Meyer Woldsheim told Nick how poor Gatsby was, "He was so hard up he had to keep on wearing his uniform because he couldn't buy some regular clothes" (Miller 171). In order to get Daisy's love back, Gatsby worked hard, he tried different kinds of ways to earn money, and didn't care about the legality or illegality of his actions. He did business with Mr. Wolfsheim, who is the man Gatsby said, "he's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919" (73). From Gatsby's words, we can find out Mr. Woldsheim doesn't have legal business. When Tom and Gatsby having a argument in the hotel, Tom told Daisy how Gatsby's money came from "he and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter" (133). After Tom said this, Daisy felt afraid of Gatsby, which made her feel unsafe. Why did Gatsby do illegal things? All were for Daisy, all were to get Daisy's love back, all were to make his dream come true.

Gatsby became rich and he got Daisy's love back. We don't know how much Daisy loved Gatsby, but we know Gatsby used his whole heart to love Daisy. Nick said "Daisy was the first "nice" girl he had even known" (148). in Gatsby's mind. Jordan Baker told Nick, "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (78). Gatsby asked Nick to invite Daisy to have a tea at Nick's house, for Gatsby, because "he wants Daisy see his house" (79). Nick saw when Gatsby met Daisy again at his house, "Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes" (86). The parties that Gatsby hold once a week just for attract Daisy. He wanted to come to his parties, so he could see her. Gatsby has a simply dream, "he wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you." After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken. One of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house---just



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