American Dream

Topics: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby Pages: 7 (3793 words) Published: November 14, 2013
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Barriers
Influencing
American
Dreams



Do
obstacles
in
one’s
life
change
one’s
aspirations?
If
something
hard
or
even


unexpected
occurs,
does
one
turn
his
or
her
back
on
all
that
has
been
worked
for?
In


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SHOULD
REFLECT

OVERALL
THEME
OF
ESSAYß

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Getter


an
 American
 society,
 there
 is
 an
 idea
 of
 a
 dream.
 Most
 people
 have
 dreams
 that
 differ
from
one
another.
Dreams
are
not
limited
only
to
society.
Countless
numbers


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Comment: Broad
Topic


of
 times
 in
 American
 literature,
 there
 are
 moments
 when
 an
 obstacle
 slows
 or
 possibly
 halts
 progression.
 Dreams
 can
 also
 be
 found
 in
 American
 literature;


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Comment: Narrow
Topic


however,
 like
 the
 reality
 of
 society,
 barriers
 can
 be
 a
 component
 of
 having
 aspirations.
 Barriers
 create
 obstacles,
 whether
 emotional
 or
 physical,
 that
 make


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Comment: Thesis
Statement


achieving
a
dream
difficult
or
even
appear
to
be
impossible.
In
American
literature
 dreams
seem
to
be
unattainable
because
of
barriers.
 


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Sentence


In
all
the
years
of
literature,
dreams,
goals,
and
aspirations
come
in
contact


with
a
conflict.
In
F.
Scott
Fitzgerald’s
The
Great
Gatsby,
Jay
Gatsby
has
a
dream
to
be
 with
Daisy
Buchanan.
Gatsby
has
a
passion
for
his
dream
so
fierce
that
he
pursues
 Daisy
 no
 matter
 what
 the
 barrier.
 “No
 amount
 of
 fire
 or
 freshness
 can
 challenge
 what
a
man
will
store
up
in
his
.
.
.
heart”
(Fitzgerald
101).
One
barrier
that
Gatsby
 encounters
is
he
has
not
money.
Daisy
is
a
girl
of
wealth
and
vanity.
In
order
to
catch
 the
attention
of
Daisy
and
come
closer
to
his
dream,
Jay
Gatsby
goes
to
great
lengths
 to
acquire
money.
Nick
Carraway,
one
of
Gatsby’s
new
acquaintances,
questions
his


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of
AUTHOR
AND

LITERATURE
PIECE.
If
you
are
not
using
the

books
as
paragraphs
approach,
Only

mention
the
AUTHOR/BOOK
the
first
time

you
use
the
quote.
From
then
on
out,
just
 introduce
quote
with
the
name
of
a

character
or
something.

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use
of
ellipsis


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money
when
he
says,
“’I
thought
you
inherited
your
money’”
(95).
To
reply,
Gatsby
 states,
“’I
did,
Old
Sport,
but
I
lost
most
of
it
in
the
big
panic
–
the
panic
of
the
war’”


Winston Patterson 5/17/10 9:38 PM
Comment: Single
quote
inside
a
double

quote
to
indicate
a
quote
in
the
passage
was
 quoted
in
the
essay.


(95).
After
giving
an
inappropriate
reply
to
Nick’s
later
question
concerning
Gatsby’s
 business,
 he
 clarifies
 that
 he
 “was
 in
 the
 drug
 business
 and
 then
 .
 .
 .
 in
 the
 oil
 business”
(95).
Gatsby’s
obstruction,
the
lack
of
money,
did
not
stop
him
in
his
quest
 for
 Daisy.
 Another
 obstacle
 Gatsby
 faced
 is
 that,
 upon
 returning
 from
 the
 war,
 he
 finds
out
Daisy
is
married.
“Daisy
was
[Nick’s]
cousin
.
.
.
and
[he’d]
known
Tom
in
 college.
 .
 .
 .
 Her
 husband
 .
 .
 .
 had
 been
 one
 of
 the
 most
 powerful
 ends”
 (10).
 Tom
 Buchanan
was
young,
charming,
charismatic,
and
wealthy.
Daisy
“had
a
debut
after


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the
page
number
is

required
since
The
Great
Gatsby
quotes

haven’t
been
separated
by
another
quote.


the
 Armistice,
 and
 in
 February
 she
 was
 presumable
 engaged
 to
 a
 man
 from
 New
 Orleans”
 (80).
 This
 seemingly
 impossible
 barrier
 does
 not
 stop
 Jay
 Gatsby
 from
 continuing
his
quest
for
Daisy.
In
addition
to
being
in
love
with
a
married
woman,
 Gatsby
 faces
 the
 obstacle
 that
 Tom
 Buchanan
 will
 not
 give
 Daisy
 up.
 Gatsby
 and
 Daisy
 have
 come
 forth
 with
 their
...

Cited: Winston,
2005.
Production,
1965.
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