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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
The American Dream in
"During the 1920s, the perception of the American Dream was that an individual can
achieve success in life regardless of family history or social status if they only work hard enough."
The American Dream Now..
Is it achievable?
In The 1920's:
The dream for the people now is having a stable job, starting a family, and having good education.
According to Fitzgerald...
Gatsby's Plan for success....
From starting his life living on a farm, to becoming this Millionaire Living on long Island...
His Plan Almost complete..
Gatsby had success in gaining wealth, and the image of having a luxurious life and all he needed to complete the image was Daisy...
His dream fails..
The American dream seemed achievable in the beginning of the Great Gatsby..
Gatsby had been a child raised on a poor farm and further on gained:
Gatsby had made a name for him self.
Huge House, that hosted lavish parties.
Money, loads of it.
Young and successful.
In the end he was blamed for death of Myrtle.
Wilson shot him because he believed that Myrtle was the one fooling around with Gatsby.
Daisy went back with Tom.
No one was there for Gatsby except Nick and his Father.
Was known as a murder and bootlegger.
Be well educated (Ex:4 more years of College)
Have a good/stable job
Being financially stable in the present and future.
He was self motivated to become more...
"He was a son of God-a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-and he must be about His Father's business, the service of vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty." (pg 98)
Gatsby had it all but wanted more...
"He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say :"I never loved you." (pg109)
Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby,"I love you now- isn't that enough?"(pg132)
There are a few things to achieve this American dream..
Achieving a Higher Level of Education...
Bachelors :4 years of collage
Masters: 4 years or more
PHD: Around 8 years
Getting a job requires years of school...
To achieve the American Dream now, requires someone to be determined to work for it.
He could have prevented this downfall if he had only excepted the realization that all Daisy really wanted was to feel secured by money. But he overlooked it and it let to his down fall..
"The Demise of the 1920s American Dream in The Great Gatsby." InfoRefuge. N.p., n.d. Web.
Tom was born into the American dream. He was born into money and was considered old money. He had the perfect image, had a good name, a wife and a daughter.
Gatsby was threatening Tom's dream by trying to
take Daisy away from him...
Loosing Daisy would ruin his image, not having the perfect family.
When he was arguing with Daisy and Gatsby he said "..I'm going to take better care of you from now on." Trying to convince Daisy he will be different, so that he can keep her.
Fitzgerald's story the Great Gatsby demonstrated the American Dream in the 1920's, and how extravagant it was.
Becoming rich and successful, and having other people recognize you for your success.
Tom kept and held tight of his dream..
Tom and Daisy left after Gatsby's death, leaving Gatsby being blamed for everything. Tom was smart enough to see that Daisy would stay with him to feel safe, and not be blamed for the death of Myrtle..
"They were careless people Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast careless or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made.." (pg 179)
In other words the Dream was..
The Average cost of a 4 year collage according to College Board in 2014...
For public/home state schools:
$9,805 per year
4 years = $39,216
For private schools:
$11,188 per year
4 years = $44,752
"What's the Price Tag for a College Education?" COLLEGEdata. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
early 1960s- mid 1970s
Boomer : 1946-1964
Millennial: early 1980's-2000's
"5 Facts about Today’s College Graduates." Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 30 May 2014. Web. 21 May 2015.
The American Dream is achievable..
and Realistic for the 1920's and Now..
Many people had different ideas of the American dream, such as in the Great Gatsby.
Daisy wanted only money, and needed to feel secured by money.
Gatsby wanted to be successful, and be with his one true love Daisy.
The American Dream is achievable through hard work,
Seems like a lot of money but..