America, the most prominently proclaimed capitalist system of opportunity maliciously crumbles the dream-seekers of today. Capitalism is quickly becoming dangerously ineffective. Those who have lost their jobs are more and more eager to regain some kind of status in society. To them, the American Dream has become a nightmare of reality. It is seemingly becoming a lost vision in the American people. Though many see the American Dream as the essence of America itself, it is quickly dissipating to nonexistence. One certain novel by F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby ,has boosted my perception of what the American Dream really means. Many of the whys have become easier to grasp, as I excavated the hidden and broadly obvious meanings of the novel and how it relates to today’s society.
Fitzgerald portrays individuals in the setting of an affluent society that seek to fulfill their ambitions, and yet even with the opportunity of wealth, do not find happiness, and hence were not successful. Gatsby is the central figure of the novel as a whole, and suitably represents the American Dream itself, as well as its seekers. Gatsby is a mysterious character throughout most of the novel. In his younger years, he had an affair with the glamorous and now married Daisy Buchannan, who has become his obsession. Their earlier relationship did not work out because Gatsby was once poor, and as Daisy had always been rich, “rich girls don’t marry poor boys” she later tells him with tears of remorse. Gatsby is keen to the desires of his lover. Seeing that money attracts her more than anything, Gatsby begins to chase after the American Dream, considering it his only opportunity for getting back Daisy. All of his efforts are concentrated on this one goal of regaining his dream woman. Through his lifestyle, Gatsby tends to live in the past, seeking to have his first love as it were from the beginning. Though he works hard, his final affluence does not achieve its purpose. One may therefore learn that the American Dream cannot stay unchanged. In order for it to survive, there must be a constant transformation and re-defining of what it means.
Gatsby, in very broad metaphorical terms is the passionate businessman of today. Though the two are not on the same social step, there is much in common however. Both have a dream. The two seek successful money-making, and as a result, desire to get at their own ambitions. For an average American citizen, their ambitions may mean paying off the mortgage, getting out of debt, or perhaps as most would desire: saving up for that dream vacation. Either way, there is usually some kind of long-term goal for the desired success in business endeavors.
In the present recession, the American Dream of many is being shattered. Though some are thriving, for the most part, there have been numerous cutbacks in opportunities for spending dollars on personal growth. The very personal goals of average America, which drive its economy in the first place, are rapidly becoming too distant for actual realization. This distancing of fulfillment, even short-term and temporary, detracts from the overall ambition of what the American Dream once was to these people. Just like Gatsby, many keep dreaming, and though some consider it vain to hope in a slumping America, there must be faith and trust in the American Dream.
It has always been the workers that uplift the American essence of what the liberty to dram really means. Almost never has the government been successful in fixing the problems of economic slumbering. It is the work ethic that keeps America going! If America will keep on persisting as did Gatsby, then surely America will not fail! The paradox of this story thought is that some consider Gatsby to be a failure. To some extent he was: his life never ended with the realization of his longed for dream. However, though his major hope for regaining Daisy was futile, the essence of his accomplishment otherwise is astounding. Gatsby is a classic of rags to riches. He is a dream come true. Why not learn from as prominent an example as the passion of Gatsby? America need not stay in a petrified halt! There is hope for the American Dream! Although not all things are fixable of course, America has always proven it to be possible for truly great things to be done. It is the strivings of its citizens that always put America back on its feet. I believe this can be done. The American dream shall live again! It is absolutely possible.
A great novel as was discussed can serve to be a great example for our nation. Gatsby’s ambition must also be the rebirth of America’s ambition. One needs not to stimulate the economy by giving money to wealthy corporations; the people are the economy. Give the people their jobs, and whallah! There’s your stimulus! Instead of wasteful spending on bailing out outdated systems of business and industry, why not created new and alternate technologies? It would be much wiser to invest in alternate energy resources for one, rather that throwing away precious taxpayer money. If only I could speak to America itself: America! Reevaluate your vision. Get back to living your Dream my America. Let not the changing world’s economy bring about a stalemate in your progression. To every American I say: Dream Big; Never forget the following phrase: in order to change the future, you must start with the present and learn from the past. Never Forget this saying America. Remember who you are. We have done great things before; we can do great things now.