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Transcript of Great Gatsby...nikkimoorman
Sydney Herrington Myrtle Myrtle Myrtle George Wilson Myrtle George Wilson Myrtle has a corrupted view of The American Dream. She does not hope to achieve the American Dream by hard work but rather by marriage. She tries to achieve this dream by associating with Tom and dreaming of a marriage with him. The dog Myrtle gets in Chapter Two represents the commitment she could never get Tom to make. George has the ideal view of the uncorrupted American Dream achieving success through his hard work. He is one of the few characters in this story that still believes in opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. Gatsby's car represents the end of George's attempt at the American Dream. As we know, Gatsby's car was the one that was being driven when Myrtle was run over. George Wilson Gatsby Gatsby Gatsby George Wilson Gatsby The green light represents what Gatsby thought he'd never have: Daisy. Although he achieved it, it wasn't all he thought it to be. He then lost her again, which shows how you can never quite achieve a corrupt American Dream. George's garage represents his attempt at achieving the American Dream through true means. George is a simple guy, with a simple goal. George's most evident trait throughout the entire story is his unshakable honesty. As he sees the billboard with the glasses, he is reminded of the eyes of God and views them literally, as such. When Myrtle says in chapter two that, "It's just a crazy old thing. I just slip it on sometimes when I don't care what I look like," it shows how she is from the wrong social class. "And I said 'God know what you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!'"
(page 159) Speakeasies were the hush-hush bars where you had to "speak easy" so no one found out. This is how Gatsby made his fortune on his way to his corrupted American Dream. Gatsby has a corrupted view of the American Dream. He did not achieve success and social mobility by hard work but rather by illegal activities. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but thats no matter -- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther... "
(page 180) "'The drug-store business was just small change,' continued Tom slowly, 'but you've got something on now that Walter's afraid to tell me about.'"
(page 134) "Then he gave gave instructions that the open car wasn't to be taken out under any circumstance -- and this was strange, because the front right fender need repair."
(page 161) "'That's dog's a bitch,' said Tom decisively. 'Here's your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it.'"
This quote is the best example of how Tom refuses to make a real commitment to Myrtle, by showing how the dog is unimportant. Gatsby's house itself is a symbol of his corrupted American Dream. He used his dirty money to try to achieve Daisy's favor, which ended up costing him his life. "'That huge place there?'
'Do you like it?'
'I love it, but I don't see how you live there all alone.'"
(page 90) In Chapter Two, Myrtle displays "high" standards for choosing men. "'He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn't keep my eyes off him...'"
(page 36) Works Cited The End Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. Print. In the Jay Gatsby Article on Spark notes the author agrees that Gatsby has a corrupted and crumbling view of the American Dream. The article "George Wilson" agrees that George has a traditional view of the American Dream. They agree his life is focused on family and hard work. "The elusiveness of the American Dream in "The Great Gatsby"." George Wilson n.pag. Blogger. Web. 6 May 2013. <http://thegreatgatsbydream.blogspot.com/p/george-wilson.html>. "The Great Gatsby." Jay Gatsby n.pag. Sparknotes. Web. 6 May 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/canalysis.html>.