The Corrupted Dream

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The Corrupted Dream by Stephanie Provenzano
For many people since the beginning of time, wealth and power have been essential tools for the success within society, yet somehow these desirable goals always seem to fall just beyond their reach. The Great Gatsby is solely oriented around the fact that the American Dream, embodied in the ideal of the self-made man, was a corrupt piece of American history. Nick Carraway, the narrator, helps give the reader a better look into the lives of those living amongst the chaos within New York, specifically those who live on the Long Island Sound. Coming from a wealthy family, Nick receives all of the benefits of his family’s inheritance and was fortunate enough to avoid the corruption and learn the essentials to become a respectable man. “‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’” (Fitzgerald 5). With this essential life lesson, it can be concluded that throughout the testimony of his experiences, Nick intended to remain unbiased as he informed the reader of the corruption within society. Those living in East Egg were born into families where money was passed down for generations, and family legacies portrayed themselves to be careless people that address others to be of a lower status. As Nick was continuously exposed to the foul behaviors of the “higher class”, he began to acknowledge the true corruption that was going on within society. “They’re a rotten crowd,’ I shouted, across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole dam* bunch put together… The lawn and drive had been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption - and he had stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream, as he waved them goodbye.” (Fitzgerald 162). Nick’s eyes were opened to how cruel these people truly were, and he…...

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