The American Corruption Dreams English Literature Essay

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Dreams are not a reality, but he American dream is different, it is a twisted form of corruption. Nick and Gatsby are both attempters of the American dream, but only one's desire leads to corruption. The American Dream is unattainable with corruption, and disloyalty. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald ties in corruption to the American dream through the main characters Gatsby and Nick. The American Dream is the desire, and perfect opportunity to cling on to, but only the dedicated become blind. Blindness towards corruption is attained from the dedication to achieve the American dream. Gatsby's dedication to achieve the American Dream blinds him from the corruption, while Nick is unaffected by the corruption due to his disloyalty towards the Dream, thus terminating the ability to achieve the American Dream.

Gatsby lives in the past to achieve Daisy, but his dedication blinds him from the corruption. Gatsby's attempt to achieve Daisy was depicted as achieving the American dream. At first Daisy only represented money, and achieving it was his priority. When the American Dream is attempted, money is the first priority, but as the pursuit is continued, love is present within the dream. Gatsby falls in love with his dream, but as soon as he does he has a realization that every catalyst of the American Dream has had. "He has intended, probably, to take what he could and go-but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail."(149 Fitzgerald). Gatsby's dedication, blinded him from the corruption. His blindness is depicted when his car driven by Daisy hits, and kills Myrtle. Daisy depicting Gatsby's dream is driving the car, and while him sitting beside her he witnesses it. Their corruption caused the death, and it is exemplified by this accident that Gatsby's dream caused death. After the car accident Gatsby does not show any remorse for the death of Myrtle, but instead stands outside Daisy's house, desperately trying to be with her. "Just standing here…He spoke as if Daisy's reaction was the only thing that mattered." (143 Fitzgerald). He gives no attention to the situation, except for Daisy's role in the accident, proving how much of an influence his dream is on his realization, and actions. Gatsby is completely blinded from the corruption, because of his dedication to achieving his dream.

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Blindness is not only presented in Gatsby, but also in most of the main characters except for Nick. Blindness is depicted greatly in Daisy, Tom, and George, exemplifying the overall blindness of people involved with the American Dream. Daisy chooses to be blind, she is aware that Tom is cheating on her, but nevertheless chooses to ignore it. "And if you want to take down any addresses here's my little gold pencil" (105 Fitzgerald). Daisy's unintentional blindness is her blindness to love. Daisy does not know what true love is. She only has relationships that could benefit her, and provide the American Dream. Daisy was with Gatsby because of his money, and high social status. "He had deliberately gave Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same stratum as herself-that he was fully able to take care of her." (149 Fitzgerald). Daisy does not know what love is, because she had never experienced it, and is blinded by her dedication to money to find out what love really is. Tom and George have a very similar outcome because of their blindness. Both of them were blind to their wives cheating on them. Tom is blind because of him trying to sustain the American Dream, while George is blind because of him trying to achieve it. Both of them do not notice their wives cheating on them, for example Myrtle coming home late at night, and leaving the house, and Daisy spending time with Gatsby, even kissing him in the room next to Tom "As he left the room again she got up and went over to Gatsby and pulled his face down, kissing him on the mouth" (116 Fitzgerald) The obvious actions of their wives exemplify that the wives are aware of their husbands blindness, and take advantage of it, emphasizing corruption within them. Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, and George are blinded by corruption, money, and their dedication, while Nick is not blind.

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Nick is the only character who is not blind. He is unaffected by the American dream, he deals with his problems, and avoids them wisely. Nick is not blinded by the corruption of the American dream because he does not put his dedication to achieve the dream his priority. Nick is interested in people, and the life surrounded by the American dream. Gatsby is the opposite of Nick, with his dedication overpowering his ability to notice corruption. Dedication will cause a person to use any means to obtain their goal, but the only way to obtain the American Dream was through illegal means, evidently involving them with corruption. Gatsby obtained his money through illegal means by becoming a bootlegger. "I carry on a little business on the side, a sort of side line, you understand" (82 Fitzgerald). Corruption took over Gatsby, and was not avoided because of his blindness towards it. Nick did not make his dedication a priority, and because of that he was able to spot the corruption, and avoid it. "I realize now that under different circumstances that conversation might have been one of the crises of my life. But, because the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice except to cut him off there" (83 Fitzgerald). Nick depicts a person who is not seeking the American dream, while Gatsby represents a person who is dedicated to achieve the American dream. The true American dream does not have any corruption within it, but as it is evident through Gatsby, and other characters it is impossible to achieve it without corruption. Nick, the only character who is not dedicated to achieve it does not involve himself with corruption, proving that the American dream does not exist.

The American dream is unattainable, and when attempted to be achieved, corruption takes over. It is evident through the main characters in Fitzgerald's novel that perusing the American dream does not only involve corruption, but the blindness due to the dedication to achieve it. Thus, terminating any chance of achieving the American Dream.

Work Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.