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The great gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby struggles with his own American dream. The American dream is to start out poor and isolated and make your way up to the top of the financial and social pyramids, to achieve wealth in excess, and to be able to have whatever you want by being a self-made man. Gatsby has a similar but different struggle that is analogous to this ideal. He has already made it to the top of the financial and social pyramids, and has more money than he could ever need, but he still lacks one thing – Daisy Buchanan. She is the one thing that he wants so badly, the one thing that would make his American dream complete, and she is completely unattainable because he does not have the connections of the established wealth, and because of his obscure past.
The narrator of the story, Nick Carraway, has also experienced his own American dream unfolding. He is from a small town in Minnesota, and has moved to New York in the early summer of 1922, in order to learn more about the bond business. He has started from a place of lesser wealth, made his way up to the upper class. While Gatsby struggles with the dilemma of being excluded from the elitist established wealth, Nick struggles to make his way into the newly rich social circle. He meets Tom Buchanan and his wife Daisy, and begins to delve into the realm of the rich. He lives next door to a man named Jay Gatsby, of whom he has heard much about but does not know much about.
Gatsby is considered to be the top of the newly rich, hence the name that Nick assigns him later on, "The Great Gatsby." He is considered mysterious, yet powerful; enigmatic, yet great. He throws lavish parties every Saturday night, inviting everyone to come and have a good time. But when the parties go on, he isolates himself to think and gaze on the green light on Daisy's dock. The green light symbolizes money, but moreover the established wealth, the on…

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