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THE AMERICAN DREAM IN THE GREAT GATSBY AND THE JOY LUCK CLUB

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As Nick (narrator) described: “My eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes” (Fitzgerald 55). Gatsby has mainly one belief of getting his American dreams fulfilled i. e. getting Daisy back. He never compromised on the reality that she is married to someone else. As he said: “Can’t repeat the past? ’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can! ” (Fitzgerald 118) But he forgot that in attaining so he would be losing all that he once had, the moral values. As Fitzgerald described: “A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about … like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees” (Fitzgerald 172). On the other hand, other characters had their dreams beside themselves.

Nick, the narrator always believed in the moral values of East egg and true meaning of American dream. He got a bit attracted toward West egg’s people but never let go of his goals. Jordan baker, the tournament player, believed in getting her American dream of always winning fulfilled at cost of dishonest means.

Martyle i. e. Mrs Wilson always dreamed of being a part of rich people and availed it at cost of deceiving her loyal husband and having affair with Tom, Daisy’s husband. Tom Buchanan was a materialistic man whose greed never ended and always demanded more. He kept beautiful wealthy wife with an affair. He was born with enough wealth behind that he actually had not to earn it himself. Daisy was of the same nature. She was deceiving him by having affair with Gatsby. But both of them had no feelings for the poor Gatsby and Martyle who ended up in dying.

They came back to each other with no regrets and thus are better described in novel as: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 191). American dream in the Joy Luck Club This novel highlights how every single person have different perspective of his/her American dream and achieves it in owns way.

It tells the story of four mothers, their daughters i. e. eight women struggling in her way to get their dream fulfilled. Their stories represent that how they perceive their dreams and once attained how they interact with each other, lead their lives onwards and figures out their true identities.

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