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The American Dream

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Emma McGee

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of The American Dream

The American Dream: Gatsby
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Modern day Advertisements
Art in the 1920s
Gatsby's Dreams
Gatsby had many dreams in the Great Gatsby, which all led back to the unreachable Daisy. Nick says, "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us"(Fitzgerald 180). Like the unattainable American dream, Gatsby was never able to reach his dream of being with his true love, Daisy.
Dreams in The Great Gatsby
The American Dream was seen in the novel by Nick, who moved to the city to start a new life. Gatsby is also always dreaming about his love for Daisy. The
Green Light
symbolizes hope for Gatsby that his dream might come true one day.
advertisements in the 20's
Chanel ads for clothing
and perfume were used
in the 1920s for women
going to parties. In the Great Gatsby, the party guests would have used a kind of perfume, like Chanel, to feel more "alive."
Coca cola was a very
popular drink in the
1920's for any occasion.
most people drank a bottle
of coke to relax, most likely
including the characters
in The Great Gatsby.
Cars were used a lot in the
20's and people became
proud of their vehicles.
This is seen in The
Great Gatsby through
Gatsby's yellow car and
Tom's blue car.
Modern day ads are much different from the 20's. Each ad shows an American Dream. Sadly, like Gatsby found out too late, most dreams are unreachable.
Modern day Art
These paintings show the extravagant
parties and the clothing of the 1920's.
The Paintings show the high-class parties, like Gatsby hosted, and the clothing like the guests wore to Gatsby's Parties. The rich style shown in the artwork reflects the American Dream.
The first two Modern day paintings are colorful and bright, showing a well lit city.
They are reminiscent of Gatsby's dream, shown through his lavish parties.
Clip from "The Woman on the Moon."
Preview for "Gravity."
Both movies show the
risks of pursuing your dream.
The astronauts in both films
have forever dreamed that
one day they would go to space,
only to run into obstacles
along the way. These astronauts
represent Gatsby trying
desperately to reach Daisy.
1920s dash cam film
Fast and furious 6 preview
These two films show the difference in
cars from the 1920s until now. Most
people were proud of there cars in
the 20's and now, people dream of
having a fast car. The cars are not
only reminiscent of Gatsby's unreachable
love for Daisy, but also of his yellow
car that killed Myrtle.
"If I had a million dollars"
By: The Boswell sisters
"Billionaire" By: Travie McCoy, ft: Bruno Mars
Both songs relate to the
American Dream of being
rich. Gatsby is rich, but he
only cares about having
The song is ended (but the melody lingers on) By: Annette Hanshaw.

"Say Something" A Great Big
World $ Christina Aguilera
These songs show the
sadness and denial after a true love is lost. Gatsby's dream was fueled by his loss of Daisy to Tom.
Character comparison: Gatsby vs. Bill Gates
Bill Gates and Gatsby have a lot in common.
Most obviously, they both have a lot of "new
money" that they have earned themselves.
Additional Quotes:

1.“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”( Fitzgerald 180).

2. “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

By: Emma, Lisa, Vivian and Isabella
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