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Gatsby


            
             Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
             The American dream offers faith in the possibility of.
             a better life. Its attendant illusion is the belief that material wealth alone can bring that.
             dream to fruition. Through Gatsby, Fitzgerald brings together both these ideas. Jay.
             Gatsby thinks money is the answer to anything he encounters. He has the best of.
             everything. The fanciest car, the largest house, and the finest clothes. Jay has.
             everything except the object he most desires, Daisy. Gatsby believes he can win Daisy.
             over with wealth, that he could achieve the ideal she stood for through his material.
             possessions. .
             One look at Gatsby's past and it could be seen that he was destined to get ahead in.
             life. Mr. Gatz told Nick, "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some.
             resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his.
             mind? He was always great for that. He told me I et like a hog once and I beat him for.
             it" (182). Gatsby's determination to gain a large bankroll is a huge part of the.
             American dream. He believes that once he achieved his financial goal it would lead to.
             a better life. .
             In America the car is one of the greatest status symbols. Gatsby's gorgeous machine.
             is one of the most majestic cars created. Nick's comments on the vehicle describe its.
             luster, ".and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes.
             and tool-boxes.Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of leather.
             conservatory we started towards town" (68). The use of the symbolic automobile can.
             be seen as a demonstration of how an ideal based on materialism alone can be.
             destructive. This was the fatal car which kills Myrtle Wilson and indirectly leads to.
             Gatsby's death. .
             Appearance is another important factor toward Gatsby's dream. In his quest to win.


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