6 February 2012
The American Dream
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald set in America during the 1920’s. During this time, the county had just gotten out of World War 1 and the Eighteenth Amendment was mandated. This Amendment outlawed the buying and selling of alcoholic beverages, also knows as prohibition. Many Americans began producing their own alcohol in their home and selling it illegally. Since there was such a high demand for alcohol, these bootleggers became extremely wealthy. This is how Jay Gatsby gained his fortune and pursued the American dream.
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Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of The Great Gatsby. His main goal throughout the novel is to get back Daisy who he was going to marry prior to the war. Gatsby succeeds in meeting her again by befriending her cousin Nick Carraway. He is able to become Nick’s friend by throwing large, lavish parties. Eventually Gatsby
is accused of killing Myrtle Wilson who is the mistress of Tom Buchanan. Tom was Daisy’s current husband and they lived in East Egg. After Gatsby is accused for a crime that Daisy committed, Myrtles husband George Wilson takes the matter into his own hand and murders Gatsby. After his death, more is figured out about who he was and how he gained his fortune. One detail that is revealed is that Jay Gatsby is not his actual name. His name is James Gatz. When Gatsby left North Dakota he always had the dream of becoming someone better. Henry Gats, his father, shows Nick an old book from Gatsby’s childhood. He went by a strict schedule every day in order to achieve his goals even as a child. The other major detail is that Gatsby was actually a bootlegger. Who he was and how he gained his wealth was unknown to everyone in the...