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Corruption of the American Dream

Some say that Gatsby portrays the corruption of the "American Dream."In the eyes of most, the "American Dream" is basically to work hard, make money, and enjoy life.In a manner, Gatsby is connected to the "American Dream" by remaining dedicated to his dream and working hard to get all of his treasures including his mansion and luxury car. Everyone in the world will admit to giving up on one of their dream during their lifetime.However, Gatsby stays committed to the very end which stresses his dedication to his goal, Daisy, and the "American Dream."" 'Go to Atlantic City for a week, or up to Montreal.'He wouldn't consider it.He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do.He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn't bear to shake him free" (Fitzgerald 155).
However, Gatsby's dedication to Daisy and his goal corrupts his perception and ultimately leads to his death.Gatsby raises Daisy to a point so high that she can almost be thought of as a "golden girl."An example of this "golden girl" aspect occurred at the Buchanan household after the accident."He put his hands in his coat pockets and turned back eagerly to his scrutiny of the house, as though my presence marred the sacredness of the vigil."Gatsby even believes he will be corrupted after he kissed Daisy at the Buchanan household.He thinks to himself right before he kisses her and knows that as soon as he does he will be in love and corrupted by her.By giving Daisy such a high rank as the "golden girl," Gatsby is blinded by her good looks and foolish behavior.He can't realize that Daisy is unintentionally setting him up for a big fall.Therefore, it is a good thing to dream, but it is how you go about pursuing that dream.

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