The Great Gatsby

Critical Eye

Someone once asked: “Did the American Dream die in 2008, or did it die in 1920s–or did it even really exist at all?

In 2008, the United States economy hit a recession. Many lost their jobs and became unemployed and many others were forced to become homeless. After January 2008, the unemployment rate skyrocketed to an extreme high of 10% in October 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not to mention all the undocumented workers who also lost their jobs but were left unaccounted for. For many, the “American Dream” vanished right before their eyes and for others, like myself, it became harder to get by financially. So what is left to be said about the “American Dream” now? Does it no longer exist? Or did it never really exist?

In The Great Gatsby, the “American Dream” represents independence and the ability to make something of one’s self…

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