The American Dream is originally about the discovery of happiness, but by the 1920s, this dream has become perverted into this desire for wealth by whatever means; mistaken that money will bring happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald does not us the words “American Dream” in the novel, The Great Gatsby, but it is evident that he shows the impossibility of achieving happiness through the American Dream. Fitzgerald demonstrates through symbols and motifs the impossibility of the American Dream.

Do you recognize some of the symbols and motifs from the novel?

 In the picture is Tom and Murtle
 The eyes of T.J. Eckleburg
 One of Gatsby's parties
 The green light across from Gatsby's house
 Gatsby's car

The Valley of the Ashes

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